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Tinubu vows killers of Ekiti monarchs will not escape justice

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President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria condemned the killing of two traditional rulers in Ekiti State, the Onimojo of Imojo-Ekiti, Olatunde Olusola, and the Elesun of Esun-Ekiti, David Ogunsola.

The traditional rulers were said to be returning from a security meeting in Irele-Ekiti in a vehicle being driven by one of their counterparts, the Alara of Ikole Ekiti, Adebayo Fatoba, when gunmen struck at a community in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Monday.

Two of the monarchs were killed in the ambush, while Fatoba fled the scene.

The chairman of the Ajoni Local Council Development Area, Michael Ogungbemi, who confirmed the development, said the attackers tried to kidnap the three traditional rulers.

They were ambushed in an area called “Ayo Shock” between Ipao and Oke Ako.

Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, said in a statement on Tuesday, “President Tinubu condemns this mindless and brutal bloodletting and pledges that the perpetrators will not escape justice.”

Tinubu, who mourned the two traditional rulers, condoled with their families and subjects, Governor Biodun Oyebanji, and the people of Ekiti State on what he called a “deeply agonizing development.”

Similarly, the President ordered the immediate rescue of pupils and teachers kidnapped around the Eporo-Ekiti area of the state.

Gunmen kidnapped at least six students, three teachers, and a bus driver in Ekiti on Monday night as they were returning from Eporo-Ekiti.

According to a post by Ekititrends on its X account on Tuesday, the incident involved students from Apostolic Faith School, Ekiti.

Reacting to the incident, Tinubu assured Nigerians that the nation’s security architecture was being robustly fortified for better and expected outcomes, as the security of life and property remained the primary responsibility of his government.

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