JUST IN: Killers of Ekiti monarchs’ll not escape justice—Tinubu
President Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, condemned the killing of two traditional rulers in Ekiti State, the Onimojo of Imojo-Ekiti, Olatunde Olusola, and the Elesun of Esun-Ekiti, David Ogunsola.
It was confirmed that the traditional rulers were returning from a security meeting in Irele-Ekiti in a vehicle being driven by one of their counterparts, the Alara of Ikole Ekiti, Adebayo Fatoba when gunmen struck at a community in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Monday.
Two of the monarchs were killed in the ambush, while Fatoba fled the scene.
The chairman of the Ajoni Local Council Development Area, Michael Ogungbemi, who confirmed the development, said the attackers tried to kidnap the three traditional rulers.
Four traditional Rulers, which include the Imojo, Alara of Ara and two others, were ambushed in an area called “Ayo Shock” between Ipao and Oke Ako.
“President Tinubu condemns this mindless and brutal bloodletting, and pledges that the perpetrators will not escape justice,” read a statement signed by Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, titled, ‘President Tinubu condemns killing of traditional rulers in Ekiti, directs immediate rescue of kidnapped pupils.’
Tinubu, who grieved the two traditional rulers in Ekiti State, condoled with their families and subjects, Governor Biodun Oyebanji, and the people of Ekiti State on what he called a “deeply agonising development.”
Similarly, the President directs the immediate rescue of pupils and teachers kidnapped around the Eporo-Ekiti area of the State.
At least six pupils, three teachers and a bus driver were kidnapped in Ekiti by unknown gunmen when they were returning from Eporo-Ekiti on Monday night.
According to a post by Ekititrends on its X account on Tuesday, the incident involved students from Apostolic Faith School, Ekiti.
Reacting to the incident, Tinubu assured Nigerians that the nation’s security architecture was being robustly fortified for better and expected outcomes as the security of life and property remained the primary responsibility of his government.