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Unknown gunmen kill vigilante in Ekiti

Priscilla Ofunre, Ado-Ekiti

A member of a vigilance group, in Ikere-Ekiti, has been killed by unknown gunmen.

The deceased, middle aged, was said to be working with a company in the town.

It was gathered that the incident occurred, on Saturday night, at a quarry located along Ikere-Iju-Akure road, when the gun wielding bandits allegedly invaded the firm to steal some valuables.

Three vigilante men were said to have been stationed at the quarry site to protect the property of the company and had been stationed to watch the premises for more than six months.

Narrating his ordeal, one of the night guards, who craved anonymity, but was lucky to have  escaped from the scene, said the assailants came at the dead of the night.

He said, “The robbers shot the leader of the team from the window while the other one was tied with rope.

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“Electric cables and other facilities in the quarry were carted away by the suspected robbers”.

When contacted, the Commandant of the Vigilance Group in Ekiti State, Mr. Akin Olorunloni confirmed the incident, but claimed that the vigilante was killed by some suspected cultists.

Olorunloni explained that “the deceased had earlier called him to report that some cultists threatened to kill him after he reprimanded them.

“When he called me, I told him to report the case to the police in Ikere, he went there, the boys were invited and the issue was settled but only for me to receive a call that the man was killed overnight”.

According to him, the suspected cultists have been arrested and are currently with the State Anti Robbery Squad(SARS).

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr Sunday Abutu could not be reached for comment, as his mobile phone number was switched off.

But SARS Commander for Ekiti State, Mr. Marcus Ogundola, confirmed that three suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime.

“We have arrested three suspects but investigation is still ongoing. We cannot say for now whether they were the real perpetrators, but we are thoroughly digging into the killing”, he said.