BREAKING: Prince feared killed as armed hoodlums raze Monarch’s Palace
A Prince in Ikirun community in Osun State, Lukman Gboleru, has died after he was shot by security operatives during a raid on the Palace of the community monarch earlier today.
According to The Nation, the security operatives shot the prince and five others, while attempting to forcefully gain entrance into the Palace.
The security men had reportedly stormed the palace following several protests that trailed the appointment of Oba Yinusa Akadiri as the new Monarch of the community.
It was gathered that aggrieved members of other ruling houses in the community had initially mobilised and shut the Palace with charms to prevent the new King to access it.
But on Wednesday morning, security operatives, including Policemen, stormed the Palace to force their way to the premises, a move youths violently resisted.
A resident, who pleaded not to be named, said the Police gained entrance into the premises but some suspected hoodlums mobilised behind the Palace and set it ablaze.
The Prince, who was reportedly resisting the forceful entry of security men into the palace, was shot dead.
Another source said three firefighters mobilised to extinguish the fire at the Palace were injured while on their way. They were forced to abandon their vehicle halfway.
Prince Tajudeen Gboleru, on his part, said: “My brother was killed during a fight in front of the Palace this morning. He led some youths to the Palace when he heard that they want to enter the Palace, there was a brawl and one of the Policemen shot him dead.”
Osun Fire Service spokesman Ibraheem Adekunle confirmed three of their men ”were injured in Ikirun on their way to put off the fire at the palace of Akirun this morning. I am on my way to the hospital now.”