Charles Nwoke, Akure, Nigeria
November 27, 2020
No fewer than 3 (three) persons were murdered in two different attacks on Thursday by unknown gunmen in Ondo State.
Adegoke Adebusi, the Oluifon of Ifon in Ondo State, was one of the casualties as he was shot dead by the unidentified gunmen at Elegbeka, along Owo-Ifon Road.
The royal father was said to be returning to his kingdom after attending a meeting of the council of traditional rulers in Akure when he was shot.
Adegoke Adebusi was immediately rushed to the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, Ondo State, where he was confirmed to have died of gunshot injuries.
Two persons were also reportedly abducted at the same scene after the gun battle.
In another development, two persons were shot in the Ode-Irele area of Irele local government, Ondo State, on Thursday, when armed robbers attacked a bank and a nearby police station.
The Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, Tee Leo-Ikoro, confirmed both infernos which are believed to have been carried out by separate sets of armed robbers.
Mr. Leo-Ikoro said the commissioner of police has deployed policemen to the area for possible apprehension of the gunmen.
In a statement issued by the Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, he described the murder of the traditional ruler as unfortunate.
It said the unfortunate event had again confirmed that the country is in a serious security crisis beyond human understanding.
Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the Ondo State Governor, visited Ifon in the company of his Chief of Staff, Olugbenga Ale; Head of Service, Dare Aragbaiye; Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Dotun Owanikin; APC Chairman Ade Adetimehin and Donald Ojogo.
“With a heavy heart, the Ondo State Government hereby confirms the unfortunate incident around Elegbeka, Owo-Ifon road in Ondo State to be true. Truly, Ondo has lost a great one-a deep cut, too sad,” Mr. Ojogo wrote.
“This is a heinous crime, an incident which has, again, confirmed that we are indeed, in a serious security crisis beyond the ordinary.
“All lives matter, but this is one too heavy and unbearable. It’s a sad day in Ondo State. We are in a serious security crisis that requires extraordinary means.”
Akeredolu, during the visit, directed security agencies, especially the Nigerian police, to arrest the perpetrators of the crime.
He said the government would do whatever it takes to arrest those hoodlums.
“On our part as a government, we shall give whatever it takes to unravel this; these criminals who have wrought this sad day in our state shall not go unpunished,” he said.
Witnesses from the Irele community confirmed that the armed robbers broke into the bank after destroying the fortified entrance with explosives.
The robbery incident came hours after the Inspector General of Police left the state, after a visit to raise the morale of police officers.
The criminals who were said to have arrived at the bank around 4 p.m., equally attacked a nearby police station.
After operating for about 45 minutes, they shot sporadically as they tried to get away, and two persons were hit by bullets, killing them in the process.
Many persons were said to have sustained various degrees of injury while trying to escape from the bandits.
It was revealed that men of the Nigerian Army arrived at the scene a few minutes after the robbers left, carting away an undisclosed amount of money.
The Police Public Relations Officer said although he had received the news of the robbery incident, he was yet to get the details from the Divisional Police Officer in the town.