A mentally deranged person has reportedly stabbed to death the traditional ruler of Odo-Oro Ekiti, in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti state, Oba Gbadebo Ogunsakin.
The incident which our correspondent gathered took place on Monday, had thrown the community into mourning.
Some of the residents of the community, who volunteered information on the incident, said the traditional ruler was stabbed with knife by the mentally deranged person shortly after the late traditional ruler had a council meeting with his chiefs.
Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) of the state command , DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, also confirmed the incident.
He said, "It is true the incidence actually happened and that policemen have swooped into action.
"The person alleged is an unsounded mind fellow and he actually escaped into the bush after committing the crime, our men are combing the bush to fetch the suspect out.
"All I can say for now is that the suspect is within reach and will be put in custody."
A resident, Mr Henry Olu, said the mentally deranged person, whose name was simply given as Kunle was said to be from the royal family of the slain traditional ruler.