Election tragedy: Epe monarch’s son, Muheez Bello, others drown after voting

Aremo Adewale (left) and Bello

By Ajani Okanlawon

Aremo Adewale (left) and Bello
Aremo Adewale (left) and Bello

Aremo Azeez Adewale, the son of the Olu of Epe, Oba Shefiu Adewale, drowned on Saturday in a river after a boat he was travelling in capsized.

Lawyer and Epe Local Government chairman aspirant, Mr. Muheez Bello, as well as some other people were with him in the tragic boat.

They had all gone to cast their votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC) when their boat capsized on their way back.

Bello’s wife however survived and is receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Epe, but his personal assistant lost his life.

A Director in the Lagos State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the Aremo was the heir apparent to his father who ascended the throne two years ago.

He was former Secretary to the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (LSMPWB).

A close source said, “It is indeed a very sad day. We were all together in Epe early in the morning and we ate together. After some time, they said they registered at a polling unit across the river.

“About five hours later, we heard that he had died. We still don’t know how it all happened.”

Chairman of the APC in Lagos State, Chief Henry Ajomale, described the incident unfortunate.

Ajomale prayed for the repose of their souls, adding that they died as honourable men.

The APC boss said, “It is very unfortunate and we pray that the Almighty God grants them eternal rest and gives their families the strength to bear the loss. They died as honourable men, who fought for the progress of this country.”

A source close to the family tells qed.ng the Aremo has been buried according to Islamic rites at his house in Epe.