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The King who made his laws work

By Lere Olayinka

One of the stories my late grandfather, Tenibiaje (Ganmu Ganmu o se lu oju ibembe), told me while growing up in Okemesi Ekiti was that of a King, whose laws were never flouted even by the animals in his kingdom.

My grandfather narrated how in his bid to stop a particular robber that terrorised his kingdom between the hours of 10am and 12 midnight, the King banned movement of his subjects and animals from 8pm to 6am.

Penalty for flouting this rule was death, yes death!

To enforce this law, the King ordered the Oluode (head of hunters) to place his men in strategic locations in t