There is currently panic and apprehension in the agrarian town of Kogi state, after the wife of the Chief Imam of Ayere community in Ijumu local government area of the state, Mrs Yemisi Baderu, was murdered by suspected traditionalists in the area, SUNSHINETRUTH has learnt.
The Precision NG reports that the woman was murdered at her house in the presence of her husband and grown up children while her five month-old baby laid beside her on the night the assailants attacked her with a cutlass and macheted to death.
Our correspondent gathered from close associates of the Imam and husband of the late nursing mother, that the traditionalists had threatened to wipe away the family due to the preachings of the Imam which they alleged against their activities and beliefs.
Additional report obtained from a private radio station in Kogi state revealed that authorities in the town including the King and the Nigeria Police force have swung into action by apprehending the perpetrators.
The traditional ruler of the town and the Alayere of Ayere, Oba J. Olubo, who expressed shock and sadness over the incident, pleaded with the police not to release those held over the crime until thorough investigation and prosecution is done.
The Chairman, Senior Special Assistant on security to Kogi state government in charge of Ijumu local government, Taofiq Isa, visited the community on Saturday and condemned the attack, describing it as heartless and brutal.
Hon. Isa noted that the incident was the first of its kind in the local government as he assured the residents, of government’s commitment to restore peace and order in the community.
Confirming the incident to Jatto 107.2 FM, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Willy Aya said authorities have arrested Three suspects connected with the attack and that an investigation has begun.
The Precision NG also put a call to the PPRO, but all proved abortive.
Meanwhile, a 7pm – 7am curfew has been imposed in the community in a bid to bring other perpetrators to book.