The Ekiti State Police Command has announced that, 24 hours after the state’s two traditional rulers were killed, five alleged kidnappers were apprehended.
The Command Public Relations Office said that until the investigations were finished, it could not establish whether the kidnappers were involved in the assassination of the traditional rulers.
The suspects were taken into custody in a jungle, according to a statement from police spokesperson DSP Sunday Abutu.
“A combined team of the police, NSCDC, Amotekun, OPC, and local hunters launched a bush combing operation across Oke-Osun, Ikere/Igbo-Okah, and the dense woodland near the Iju/Ikere boundary in an attempt to drive out criminal elements, mainly kidnappers, from the state.
“Five accused kidnappers—Usman Jelili, Mohammed Bande, Abubakar Aliu, Isah Abdulahi, and Suleiman Abdulahi—were taken into custody during the operation.
“The suspects claimed to be herdsmen during questioning, but it was later established that none of them had any cattle, and no cattle were discovered in the forest where they were taken into custody with any cattle.
He claimed, “The following items were found with them in the forest: four cell phones, one cutlass, one jack knife, and one motorcycle.”