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Gunmen Kill Driver, Abduct Travellers In Ekiti

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Police in Ekiti on Saturday confirmed a gun attack on travellers in the state on Friday night.

Police spokesman, ASP Sunday Abutu, said that the gunmen shot the driver of the vehicle, a LEXUS 330 SUV, dead.

They took the two other occupants of the vehicle away, he added.

The attack took place between Ewu-Ekiti and Aiyetoro-Ekiti, neighbouring communities in Ilejemeje and Ido/Osi Local Government Areas of Ekiti State.

ASP Abutu said that police, working with local hunters and operatives of Amotekun Corps, were already combing the forest around the area to rescue the victims and arrest the gunmen.

Eyewitnesses, however, told NAN that there were five occupants in the vehicle and they were attacked by suspected herdsmen while returning from a social function in the area.

The eyewitnesses also confirmed that the driver was shot dead and the other occupants of the vehicle were abducted.

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The vehicle, with registration number LAGOS KRD 264 GV, was left at the scene facing the bush without only the dead inside it.
The identities of the victims had not been ascertained at the time of filing this report.

The Friday’s incident occurred four days after gunmen also suspected to be herdsmen shot and killed a man named Ademola Afolayan on a poultry farm in Ikere-Ekiti on Monday, Aug. 2 at about 5 p.m.

Sources said the gunmen, numbering about five, invaded the poultry farm located at Eselemo Farm, Igbo-Oka area close to Akure Road, shooting sporadically and in the process, killed Afolayan.

Two persons were said to have narrowly escaped the Monday incident.

Credit: NAN

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