How gunmen ambushed, killed 2 Ekiti monarchs – Police

Two monarchs in Ikole local government area of Ekiti state were killed, Monday,  by suspected to be kidnappers.

The traditional rulers were the Elesun of Esun Oba Babatunde Ogunsakin and Olumojo of Imojo, Oba Samuel Olatunji.

The monarchs were allegedly ambushed and killed by the arm-wielding attackers along Ipao-Irele-Oke Ako while returning from Ogbe, a neighboring town in Yagba West local government area of Kogi state.

It was reliably gathered that the vehicle conveying three monarchs was accosted and Oba Ogunsakin and Oba Olatunji were killed while the Alara of Ara-Ekiti, Oba Adebayo Fatoba escaped from the scene.

Sources said the monarchs were returning from Ogbe in Kogi state in a vehicle driven by the Alara when the armed men struck.

When contacted, the police spokesman in the state, Sunday Abutu said: “I will get the details and get back please.”

The chairman of Ajoni Local Council Development Area, Michael Ogungbemi confirmed the incident, adding that the gunmen attempted to kidnap the three traditional rulers.

Ogungbemi, who lamented the killing of the revered traditional rulers, said he had mobilised local security outfits including the Amotekun corps to comb the forest in a bid to arrest the perpetrators.

“ I just returned from the scene of the unfortunate incident along Oke-Ako road and I can confirm that two traditional rulers; the Elesun of Esun-Ekiti and Onimojo of Imojo-Ekiti were killed by the gunmen who ambushed them.

“The Alara of Ara-Ekiti managed to escape from the incident, he was the one driving when the incident happened.

 “We have evacuated the remains of the monarchs and deposited them in the morgue at the Ikole General Hospital.

 “Our local security outfit and Amotekun have been drafted to the scene and the bush to arrest the bandits who committed this dastardly act,” he said.

Ogungbemi, who appealed to the federal government to approve the use of arms by  local security outfits in the state, said the attacks had been recurring in the area in the last few years.

“I am extremely sad with the situation and I want to call on the government to allow our local security network to carry arms because the traditional ruler who escaped told us the gunmen were carrying AK-47 and other dangerous weapons. These people are killing us and it is becoming unbearable,” he said.

Secretary of Majority Obas of Ekiti Land (MOBEL) and Onikun of Ikun-Ekiti, Oba Olatunde David Olushola, who condemned the killing of the traditional rulers, said the time had come for government to localise security system in order to address the growing challenge in the land.