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.
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.
– 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)”.