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Ekiti killings: Police launch manhunt for assailants

From Victor Akinkuolie Ado-Ekiti

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Apparently in a move to apprehend suspected assailants operating in Ekiti State, the state Police Command has commenced a stop and search operations across the length and breadth of the state.

The police also issued a notice concerning a story circulating on the social media that state of emergency has been declared in the state due to the recent security situation, adding that all movements should be between 7am and 7pm.

According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, said:”The command wishes to state clearly that the information  being circulated is false and definitely coming from fake news peddlers who are always in the business of causing unnecessary apprehension in the society and therefore, everyone is implored to disregard the story.

“The command has deployed adequate operatives to ensure there is no breech of peace while effort to arrest those behind the criminal acts is underway.

He explained that the police in the state under the watch of Mr. Adewale Adeniran, will continue to offer effective policing in the state and ensure effective security of lives and property of residents of the state.

Recall tragedy broke out in Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State last Tuesday, following the death of a middled-aged man.

The victim was said to be an administrative member of the Amalgamated of Commercial Motorcycle Operators, issuing ticket to commercial motorcycle riders in the area.

He was reportedly shot dead at the early hour of Tuesday by yet to be identified gunmen at Okesa area of the community.

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The Hope Metro gathered that the victim was always seen at the popular roundabout in the area issuing tickets to commercial motorcyclists around Okesa roundabout.

On the fateful day, he was shot severally by the unknown gunmen who came on another motorcycle to the area.

According to the eyewitness, the assailants who rode on a commercial motorcycle fired several gunshots to the victims and escaped after perpetrating the evil act.

When contacted on telephone, Chairman Okada Riders Association, Ekiti State, Mr Kunle Asaolu, confirmed that the man was one of those working with the association.

Similarly, the spokesperson, Ekiti State Police Command, Mr Sunday Abutu, confirmed the receipt of the incident and explained that the police has commenced investigation on the matter.

He assured residents of the state not to express any fear, noted that the police would do everything to maintain law and orders in the state.

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