The Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government area of Ondo State, Isreal Adeusi, has been shot dead.
This was confirmed by the Spokesman of the Ondo State Police Command, Teo Ikoro, on Thursday night.
Ikoro said Adeusi was on his way from a meeting in Akure, the state capital, when he was attacked.
According to other reports, the gunmen were said to have left the scene without touching anyone else or stealing any property from the car, fuelling insinuations that the king was assassinated.
Oba Adeusi’s remains have been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Akure.
An unnamed relative of the deceased monarch was quoted as saying, “He was in his official car which had his customised number plate. He drove to Akure for a meeting. But on his way back, on getting to a rough road along Elegbeka, he was accosted by gunmen and shot.
“It was clearly an assassination because nothing was stolen from the vehicle and the other two occupants of the vehicle were not harmed.”