News Alert: Gunmen assassinate Lawmaker, abduct Commissioner in Ekiti

A councillor and leader of the House in Ilejemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti state, Mr Olatunji Omotosho has been assassinated by unknown gunmen.

The local government lawmaker was travelling with the Ekiti State Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Olabode Folorunso also known as Mayegun and a yet to be identified woman when they were attacked.

The Commissioner and the women were however kidnapped by the assailants.

The people were attacked this evening along Iludun- Isan road on their way to Isan Ekiti.

Mr Omotosho and the deceased leader of the house was the Councillor Representing Iye ward one in Ilejemeje local Government.

Report reaching us says the three victims were in a Toyota Camry car along Isan road when they were attacked by the people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

When contacted on phone, the Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Police Command, Mr. Sunday Abutu said he had not been briefed on the matter.


The Government of Ekiti State hereby confirms the abduction of the Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Folorunso Olabode, by suspected bandits at about 7:00pm on Sunday April 26, 2020 on his way from Ado-Ekiti to his hometown in Iye-Ekiti, Ilejemeje LGA of Ekiti State.

From initial reports, the kidnappers shot one person in his entourage, the driver of the vehicle, a serving Councillor, in the ensuing fracas.

Governor Kayode Fayemi has mandated the security agencies in the State to ensure their prompt and safe release, while assuring residents that adequate measures are ongoing, to maintain the peace and security of the State. He promised that all perpetrators of this and any crime will be brought to book.

The Commissioner for Police in Ekiti State, Amba Asuquo, has confirmed that a team has already been dispatched, and are on the trail of the abductors, with a view to securing their release.

Aare Muyiwa Olumilua
Honourable Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation.

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