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Suspected cultists murder Islamic cleric in Ekiti

By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti


Tragedy struck in Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State on Tuesday, following the discovery of the lifeless body of an Islamic cleric, popularly known as Nashiru Ajagbe, who was allegedly murdered by yet to be identified suspected cultist in the town.

The middle-aged man, described as a staunch Islamic faithful, was reportedly attacked by his assailants in Atundaolu street,  Irona area of the  town.

The deceased simply addressed as Alfa by friends and folks, was  attacked on his way home from a mosque in the area.

Though, the cause of the late cleric’s murder still remained sketchy as of the time of filing  this report, it was gathered that the suspected cultists shot at him and when they realised the bullets did not penetrate his body, they used a big stone to break his skull.

A source in the area who also knew the deceased  said he was known to be a gentleman on the street and popularly known as an Islamic cleric.

The source who craved  anonymity, revealed that a man  popularly known as Obo was killed a day before the incident at the Post office/old garage area of the town, which suggest that the killing was a reprisal attack by the cult group.

” Alfa was returning home around 6:30pm to 7pm  to break his fast, when he was waylaid and attacked by some persons believed to be suspected cultists in Atundaolu area, very close to a brothel on Irona street.

“He was a perfect gentle and easy going person who didn’t forment trouble. Everyone was wondering why such attack was visited on him,”the source explained.

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When contracted the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Ekiti State Command, Mr Sunday Abutu confirmed the receipt of the incident.

He said he had not been properly briefed on the matter. But he promised to get back to our correspondent.

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