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  • Updated: April 19, 2024

Ogun: Chiefs attacked by gunmen, security officer killed

Ogun: Chiefs attacked by gunmen, security officer killed

Gunmen allegedly shot the traditional Chiefs (Baales) of Keleu village, Saibu Razaq, and Abule-Oko Village, Sesi Ọdunjo, as they returned from a Council of Baales meeting in Obalade Abule Oba village in Ogun State.

According to Punch, the incident occurred on Thursday at 4 p.m., between Alabe and Okesa villages in the state's Ewekoro Local Government Area.

Allnews.ng learned that one of the Social Orientation and Safety Corps personnel who stormed the site after hearing about the gunfire in the vicinity was slain by the assailants.

A police source who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the command disclosed that the two local chiefs were shot in the head and shoulders when the gunmen unexpectedly emerged from the bush and began shooting at them.

The cop said, “One of the Baales sustained gunshot wounds in the shoulder, and another had a wound in the head. They were returning from their Council of Oba’s meeting when about five hoodlums emerged from the bush and started shooting at them.

“They were rushed to the hospital where they are currently receiving treatment. Some of the villagers informed the SO SAFE officials who were stationed at a nearby village. But immediately they got to the scene, the hoodlums opened fire on them, killing one of them instantly while the others sustained gunshot wounds.”

When reached on Friday, state Police Public Relations Officer Odutola Omolola verified the event and stated that the two Baales had been sent to the hospital for treatment.

She said “The Baales who were shot are stable in the hospital. The vigilante corps member that was shot was said to have responded to the incident with two other corps officers without arms and without waiting for the Divisional Police to move in a team to chase the gunmen.

“Unfortunately, the vigilante commander was shot, and before doctors could attend to him, he gave up the ghost.

“Witnesses' accounts are yet to ascertain the language they heard the fleeing suspects speak, and the exact intent of the purported attack is yet unknown because no valuables of those attacked were taken from them.

“The divisional police officer, in company with Vigilante, hunters, and SO-Safe and Amotekun have remained on combing operations in a bid to get more clues to the incident.”

Allnews. ng had reported in January 2024 that gunmen suspected of being herders killed two traditional rulers in Ekiti State on Monday in an event claimed to have occurred between Oke-Ako and Ipao-Ekiti in the state's Ajoni LGA.

Onimojo of Imojo Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area and Elesun of Esun Ekiti in Ajoni, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, were returning from a meeting when gunmen appeared from the woods and began fire on them.

The Ekiti State Police Command later announced the arrest of one suspect in connection with the murders of two traditional rulers.

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