Gunmen Kidnap Kogi Monarch as Fulani Herdsmen Kill Villager in Ekiti

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Tragedy hit the sleepy town of Oke Ako in Ikole Local government area of Ekiti State on Friday night as suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked the town and killed one resident.

Eyewitness confirmed to journalists that the gory incident happened at about 8:00 pm on Friday .

A woman, who identified herself as Mrs Grace Olofin had, in a telephone interview, alleged that the herdsmen in their numbers invaded the community and brandished dangerous weapons like guns, bows, arrows, sword, matchetes and hacked down the victim in the ensuing melee.

Olofin further alleged that the invaders had shot sporadically into the air and killed one Lekan Arosanyin, while four others sustained various degrees of injuries and were said to be receiving treatment at a private hospital in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

Another witness, who narrowly escaped being killed, Adebayo Ajayi, described the incident as a reprisal attack as he said that the herdsmen had previously fallen out with the villagers over their grazing activities in the community.

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He explained that the villagers had been resisting the use of their farmlands as grazing fields by the herdsmen.

Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen have kidnapped the traditional ruler of Elete town in Kogi state, Chief Aminu Aku.

The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) gathered that Aku was kidnapped by a gang of five masked gunmen at about 8:30 pm on Friday in his town located on the Lokoja-Ajaokuta highway.

The incident came barely 24 hours after the kidnap of two chieftains of the Kwara chapter of the APC on the Lokoja-Okene road.

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Aku, a third class traditional ruler, was said to be returning from a function at Ajaokuta and was just alighting from his car when he was abducted.

He was subsequently driven away in a vehicle brought by the abductors.

NAN learnt that the gunmen had already called to demand for a N10 million ransom.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr Yakubu Usman however said that the abduction of the traditional ruler was yet to be confirmed.

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