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Osun traditiona­lists warn against masquerade­r custodian’s frame-up

- Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo

THE leadership of Traditiona­l Religion Worshipper­s Associatio­n in Osun State on Wednesday warned that the owner of Esubiyi Masquerade­r, Chief Kayode Esuleke, should not be framed for murder regarding attack on Kamorudeen Mosque, Osogbo.

This is as the state delegation met the group to seek amicable resolution to the matter.

Esuleke is currently being held by the policemen attached to Inspector General of Police Intelligen­ce Response Team in connection with the alleged attack on the mosque by the followers of the masquerade­r.

A member of Kamorudeen Society, Moshood Salaudeen, was reportedly shot dead, while both the masquerade­r and the worshipper­s at the mosque, claimed their members were injured in the clash.

Also, Ifashola, son of Esuleke, and the Imam of Kamorudeen Society, Quosim Yunus, as well five other people were arraigned before an Osogbo Chief Magistrate­s’ Court for offences bordering on vandalisat­ion of mosque to assault.

But the owner of the masquerade­r, Esuleke has not been arraigned, as his counsel, Kehinde Abioye, said his client was on admission at the Police Clinic, Osogbo, after he took ill while in detention.

However, the state government has been under pressure to arraign Esuleke.

However, while addressing newsmen in Osogbo after meeting with a government delegation in Osogbo, TRAWSO chairman in the state, Dr Oluseyi Atanda, called government bring all the parties involved in the matter into peace meeting.

Atanda said, “The office of Attorney General must be upright and consistent with their charges and actions. We must desist from making a mockery of the court system.

“TRWASO implore the state government to urgently summon a peace meeting and religious harmonisat­ion process. We have a right to our religion and the tenets of the religion. In as much as we will not stop others from performing their religious rites, we will resist anybody from doing same to us.

“There must be a stop to this repeated attack by Alfa Kassim Yinusa and his agents. Baba Esuleke and his family should not be framed for murder committed by an unknown assailant.”

In his remarks, renowned Ifa Priest, Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon, called for religious tolerance and cautioned people fuelling discord among various faith to desist from action that could cause unrest.

The Osun State Commission­er for Culture and Tourism, Dr Adebisi Obawale, said the matter could be resolved amicably.

 ??  ?? •L-R: Deputy Governor of Niger State, Hamad Ketso; Governor Abubakar Bello; Emir of Suleja, Alhaji Awwal Ibrahim; and Chief of Staff to Niger State Governor, Ibrahim Balarabe, during the inaugurati­on of the 21 Kilometer Suleja-abuchi-izom Road… on Wednesday. Photo: Adebayo Ayinde
•L-R: Deputy Governor of Niger State, Hamad Ketso; Governor Abubakar Bello; Emir of Suleja, Alhaji Awwal Ibrahim; and Chief of Staff to Niger State Governor, Ibrahim Balarabe, during the inaugurati­on of the 21 Kilometer Suleja-abuchi-izom Road… on Wednesday. Photo: Adebayo Ayinde

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