Gunmen Kidnap Another Petrol Dealer In Ekiti

A file photo of a gun recovered from crime suspects.

 

Gunmen have abducted the General Manager of a filling station situated in Isan Ekiti, the home town of Governor Kayode Fayemi.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu confirmed the abduction to Channels Television on Friday, adding that the operation was carried out by close to 10 gunmen on Thursday evening.

According to Abutu, the abductors took a bush path with about six motorcycles and started shooting sporadically before whisking the victim away.

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The State Police Command said it has deployed a rescue team to ensure the release of the victim and the arrest of culprits.

A similar incident occurred in January when a popular petrol dealer in the state was kidnapped at one of his filling stations in Ado, the state capital and later released after about seven days.

Presidency: Any Serious-Minded Politician Will Take The Shot – Fayemi


As Nigeria prepares to hold another general election in 2023, the top elective position in the country appears to be the target for most politicians.

Among those who have enjoyed the support of their people to contest for the highest office in the land is the Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi.

Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, is serving his second tenure as governor and his term will expire next year.

Although he has yet to declare if he is willing to run for president, the governor believes it is the dream of every politician to hold such an office.

He stated this when he featured as a guest on Friday’s edition of Channels Television’s Hard Copy, answering questions related to politics, national security, and other important issues.

“I get asked this question all the time; I don’t know anyone, any serious-minded politician who will have the opportunity to govern a country with the blessings that we have, in spite of the challenges, that will not give it a shot,” Fayemi said.

 

A screenshot taken on March 27, 2021, shows Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, during an interview on Channels Television’s Hard Copy.

 

– The Future Will Take Care Of Itself –

Amid the various conversations on the mode of selection by political parties to pick candidates to vie for the presidency, some prominent politicians have been endorsed to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari after the completion of his tenure.

Recently, members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, as well as some traditional rulers in the state, endorsed the governor to be president.

Others who have enjoyed such support from various groups included the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

Despite the endorsement by the people in his state, Fayemi insisted that the focus for him at the moment was to serve the people of Ekiti.

“I am considering finishing well in Ekiti in 2022; I have a job. Frankly, I am eternally grateful to Ekiti people for giving me the opportunity to govern the state twice and I still have a lot to deliver on that agenda.

“So, the future will take care of itself. I have no means of knowing what is going to happen but for me, the certainty is that I am the Governor of Ekiti State and that term expires in October 2022. That is the job I have for now,” the governor said.

Courts Remands Suspects Linked To Ekiti Bye-Election Violence

A file photo of a court in Ado Ekiti in south-west Nigeria.

 

The police have arraigned three suspects for their alleged involvement in the violence that marred the recent legislative poll in Ekiti State.

Authorities had confirmed the killing of two persons in the violence that erupted during the Ekiti State House of Assembly bye-election held on Saturday.

Two days after the incident, three persons arrested by the security agencies in connection with the violence were brought before a Magistrate Court in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Monday.

They are Adenijo Olushola, popular known as Solar, Paul Folorunsho, and a lady, Adebayo Sherifat.

In the charge sheet brought by the police, the suspects were charged for conspiracy to murder and attempted murder of Babatunde Adeleye and Bola Adebisi.

But the trial Chief Magistrate remanded the suspects at the correctional centre in Ado-Ekiti until the commencement of trial scheduled to hold on April 19.

The bye-election for the Ekiti East State Constituency I seat which had been declared vacant turned bloody, leaving several people injured apart from the two persons killed.

This forced the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to suspend the poll with no new date announced yet.

In his reaction, the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, condemned the incident in strong terms, saying the state government would not condone any ugly event of such.

He had also directed the commissioner of Police in the state to arrest all those involved in the violence and ensure that they were prosecuted.

Gunmen Open Fire On Vehicle, Kill One In Ekiti

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo of a gunman wearing bullets

 

Gunmen have shot at a commercial vehicle in transit between Ikere Ekiti and Iju (a border town in Ondo State), killing one passenger on Saturday.

The Police Public Relations Officer Ekiti State, Sunday Abutu confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a statement issued on Sunday.

He said that the driver of the commercial bus and the passengers ran to a police station in Ikere Ekiti and reported that while they were on their way from Ondo State, the gunmen came out of the bush and started shooting.

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The driver was said to have increased his speed to escape the impending attack but a passenger was hit by a bullet in the process and later died at Ikere General Hospital.

While calling for calm, the Commissioner of Police, Tunde Mobayo, assured that the command in the two states will collaborate effectively to nab the evildoers.

The Commissioner had earlier in the past week visited communities across the state to hold town hall meetings on security concerns.

Gunmen Abduct Another Foreigner In Ekiti

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo of a gunman wearing bullets

 

Gunmen have kidnapped another foreigner along Igbemo Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu, confirmed the kidnap to Channels Television, noting that the incident took place on Tuesday.

The police spokesman asked residents not to get tensed as security operatives, noting that efforts were ongoing to the rescue of the victim and the arrest of culprits.

The latest abduction comes three months after a similar incident in Ekiti State.

In November last year, an expatriate handling a road construction was abducted and released after two weeks.

Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Police Command has banned unauthorised use of covered number plates, blaring of siren and use of revolving lights by unapproved persons.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Tunde Mobayo, described the illegal privileges as a threat to the security of the state.

“Undoubtedly, this in recent time, has pulled a great threat to the security of the State as some criminal elements hide under these guises to carry out their criminal intentions.

“To this end, the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, CP Tunde Mobayo in compliance with the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Adamu Mohammed, has warned against the unauthorized/illegal use of siren, revolving light, covered plate numbers and the use of unregistered spy plate numbers,” he said.

Man Abducted On Christmas Day In Ekiti Regains Freedom

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A file photo of a police patrol van.

 

Mr Happiness Ajayi, the businessman who was abducted on Christmas Day in Ekiti State has regained freedom.

This comes three days after Ajayi was abducted along with another person at gunpoint in Oye Local Government Area of the state.

But the other victim was swiftly rescued by the police, in collaboration with the officials of the Amotekun security outfit, as well as some vigilantes and village hunters.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Kidnap Two Men On Christmas Day In Ekiti

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu, confirmed the release of Ajayi to Channels Television on Monday.

He explained that the businessman was also released by his captors as a result of the sustained collaboration between the police team, as well as Amotekun and local hunters in the area.

Abutu gave an assurance that the police command in Ekiti would not fail in its statutory duty of protecting the lives and properties of the people of the state.

Ajayi and the other person were riding in a Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) along the Isan-Iludun Ekiti Road on Friday last week before they were accosted by armed men who abducted them in the process.

Gunmen Kidnap Two Men On Christmas Day In Ekiti

A file photo of a gun seized from crime suspects in Nigeria.

 

Gunmen have abducted two men in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, south-west Nigeria.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Sunday Abutu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that the victims were riding in a Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) along the Isan-Iludun Ekiti Road on Christmas Day before they were accosted by armed men who abducted them in the process.

Abutu confirmed that one of the victims was later rescued by the police, in collaboration with the officials of the Amotekun security outfit, as well as some vigilantes and village hunters.

“On 25/12/2020 at about 1800hrs, a distress call was received by Oye DPO that some unknown gunmen forcefully stopped one Lexus Jeep along Isan/Iludun Ekiti road and kidnapped the two occupants.

“Upon receipt of the information, the DPO led his team to the scene with the assistance of the Amotekun corp, the vigilantes and the village hunters, one of the victims was rescued while serious effort is ongoing to ensure the rescue of the other victim,” the statement said.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti, Tunde Mobayo, called on the residents to be calm following the incident.

He also appealed to persons with useful information about the incident or other criminal activities to contact the nearest police station or call 08062335577.

Another Killing Recorded In Ekiti State As Gunmen Murder Cleric

A map of Ekiti, a state in South-West Nigeria.

 

A Baptist Church cleric in Ikere Ekiti, Oladimeji Gbolagade, has been reportedly shot dead by unidentified gunmen while in transit to the town from a neighboring state.

The President of Ekiti Baptist Church, Reverend Adeyinka Aribasoye in a telephone conversion with Channels Television said the deceased was found dead on the road close to Ikere in his personal car Friday Morning.

The senior clergy explained that report had reached him on Thursday that the deceased could not be found after embarking on an intended return journey.

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The Church leadership said the corpse has been deposited at a General Hospital Morgue and the case reported at the police station in a neighboring town.

Ikere Ekiti has no functional police stations at the moment as the facilities have been burnt down by hoodlums during the #ENDSARS protests.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti State, Sunday Abutu said the incident has not been formally reported at the Police Headquarters in Ado Ekiti the State capital.

This incident is coming after unknown gunmen had also shot dead a police officer in Ekiti State on Friday and abducted an expatriate.

Gunmen Kill Police Officer In Ekiti, Abduct Expatriate

A map of Ekiti, a state in South-West Nigeria.

 

Some unidentified gunmen on Friday shot dead a police officer in Ekiti State and abducted an expatriate.

Another expatriate is also said to have sustained a gunshot wound.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Sunday Abutu confirmed that the incident took place earlier this evening along an inter-town road under construction in Ado Ekiti the state capital.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

He said the police have put machinery in motion to ensure the rescue of the abducted expatriate and bring all culprits involved in the killing to book.

The killing is the latest in a series of violent crimes being recorded across the country.

Earlier on Friday, the police confirmed that the wife of the Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, had been abducted in Ondo state.

On Thursday, a prominent traditional ruler in Ondo State, Oba Israel Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon, was shot dead by suspected kidnappers.

 

 

 

Policeman Shoots Man Dead In Ekiti Hotel, Injures Another

This picture shows a man lying down on a hospital bed after he was reportedly shot by a police officer in Ekiti on November 21, 2020.
This picture shows a man lying down on a hospital bed after he was reportedly shot by a police officer in Ekiti on November 21, 2020.

 

A Polytechnic graduate, Olaoye Akintayo was shot dead on Saturday evening by a police officer while unwinding with his friends in an Ekiti hotel, Channels Television can confirm.

The suspected extrajudicial killing comes as the country continues to reckon with the #EndSARS protest, which called for an end to police brutality.

According to a friend of the deceased and other eyewitnesses, the police officer alighted from a Hilux van, entered the hotel premises and the next sound heard were gunshots.

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It is not yet clear what triggered the gunshots, which also left another person injured.

The policeman and his other colleague reportedly dumped the victim’s corpse at the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital before escaping and leaving the Hilux at the hospital premises.

Olaoye Akintayo was shot dead by a police officer on November 21, 2020.
Olaoye Akintayo was shot dead by a police officer on November 21, 2020.

 

The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Sunday Abutu confirmed to Channels Television that the officer, who only followed his principal to the state has been arrested, and an investigation is in progress to unravel the reason for the shooting.

On Sunday, friends of the victim thronged the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital where the survivor was taken and the palace of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti demanding justice and an end to the misuse of firearms.

Ekiti Govt Lifts Curfew, Asks Churches, Mosques To Open Without Restrictions

A file photo of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.

 

The Ekiti State government has lifted the curfew imposed on the state with effect from 6am on Sunday.

Mr Akin Omole, the Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation in the state, announced this in a statement on Saturday.

He explained that the decision to lift the curfew was taken after an assessment of the security situation and the restoration of relative peace in the state.

According to him, the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, also approved the lifting of the restrictions placed on religious gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic with effect from tomorrow.

“While churches and mosques are now free to open for worship without restrictions, worshippers are advised to continue adhering with the COVID-19 protocol, which includes wearing face-masks, maintaining social distancing, and proper hand-washing or hand-sanitising before joining respective congregations,” the statement said.

Omole asked the residents to remain law-abiding and go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation.

He gave an assurance that the government would leave no stone unturned towards ensuring the safety of the lives and property of the people in the state.

The commissioner, however, advised the people to be vigilant and promptly report suspicious movement to relevant authorities.

Ekiti Govt Directs Levels 02-07 Workers To Resume Work

 

The Ekiti State Government has directed workers on Grade Levels 02 – 07 in the State Public Service who been away from office since March 23, 2020, to resume work.

A statement by the Head of Service, Peju Babafemi, says the state government has reviewed the steps taken in containing the virus, including the provision of equipment and materials to prevent the spread in our offices.

“The Governor, His Excellency, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has therefore directed all workers on Grade Levels 02- 07, hitherto at home to resume work with effect from Monday, November 2, 2020.

“It is noteworthy that despite the stay at home order and the limited resources available to government, Ekiti State Government has continued to demonstrate an unflinching commitment to workers’ wellbeing and career development.

“I urge all the workers to show more dedication to duty in ensuring effective service delivery to Ekiti people as they resume.

“All Accounting Officers should provide the necessary support for their staff and ensure compliance with all COVID-19 protocols in the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)”.