Suspected bandits kill Ondo man running from being kidnapped

49-year-old man, Abayomi Olukoju, has been killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits in Ajowa Akoko, Akoko North West Local Government of Ondo State.

According to Tribune, the victim was travelling between Ajowa Akoko/ Akunnu road on a motorcycle when he ran into the gunmen on Sunday May 15.

Olukoju was said to have fled upon sighting the gunmen only to run into other members of the gang who shot him from behind after he failed to stop.

A source in the community told the publication that the deceased was returning to his station in Obajana to resume duty on Monday.

He said the lifeless body of Olukoju was discovered by some travellers coming from Abuja in a pool of blood.

The source said some policemen from the area and soldiers visited the scene of the incident and combed the area but no arrest was made while the remains of the deceased were deposited at the morgue.

Speaking on the incident, one Soji Ogedengbe lamented the incessant killings in the community, saying many residents of the community had been kidnapped and killed in the last few months.

Ogedengbe said the leadership of the community has put in place several measures to curtail the activities of the criminals through communal security arrangements but bandits never stopped terrorising the people of the area.

He disclosed that farmers in area had stopped going to farmers and called security agencies and Amotekun in the state to come to the aid of the people of the area, saying the bandits always come to Akoko from Kogi, being a border town.

He said that the influx of the heavily armed herdsmen to that area is making life miserable for farmers and the inhabitants of the area.

The Area Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Muri Agboola, who confirmed the incident said detectives from command had been deployed into the forest to fish out the killers.


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