There was panic on Thursday evening in Koro town in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State, after gunmen invaded the area and k#lled the traditional ruler, Oba Segun Aremu-Cole.
It is reported that the gunmen stormed the palace of the monarch around 7 pm, fired g¥nshots which h#t the traditional ruler. The wife of the monarch was also abducted by the assailants.
This is coming a few days after gunmen k#lled two traditional rulers in Ekiti State.
The duo – Onimojo of Imojo Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area and Elesun of Esun Ekiti in Ajoni, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, were attacked by the gunmen while returning from a meeting.
Meanwhile, the state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who confirmed the att@ck on Thursday in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, condemned the k#lling of the monarch.
The statement read in part, “The monarch was reportedly shot d£ad in his palace on Thursday night by some unknown gunmen, who also whisked away his wife and two others. The governor condemned the development, which he said was reckless, shøcking, and abominable. He charged the security agencies not to spare any resources to track down the perpetrators, free the spouse and others taken away, and bring them to book.”
Ajakaiye further quoted the governor as saying, “We will certainly get the perpetrators and ensure that this is their last crime against humanity. My profound condolences go to the people of Koro. Our hearts are broken, and we stand by them at this time and always”, the statement said.
However, Kwara State Government in a statement on X revealed that after a security briefing with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, soldiers stormed the palace of the Olukoro of Koro in Ekiti Local Government to begin manhunt for the gunmen which will extend into the bush.