Gunmen attack traditional ruler in Ekiti

Oba Adetutu Ajayi, the traditional ruler of Ewu Ekiti in Ilejemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti State, has been shot by hoodlums.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the traditional ruler was shot on Friday night on his way to a neighbouring community, Ayetoro Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the state.

Ajayi who however escaped with serious injuries on his legs, arms and stomach, is currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed tertiary facility.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP Sunday Abutu, confirmed the incident.

Abutu said the command was worried such attack could be launched in spite of unrelenting joint security patrol and raiding of black-spots to dislodge criminals.

He however said the police command in the state was committed to ridding the state of elements and assured the residents the perpetrators would be brought to book.

The PPRO said that the command would continue to work with sister security outfits to ensure that criminality was wiped of Ekiti.

Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Council of Obas has called on security agencies to apprehend the hoodlums and bring them to book.

The Chairman of the council, Oba Adebanji Alabi while reacting to the incident expressed concern over the increase in banditry and other activities in the .

He called on government and security agencies to increase of surveillance on the state with a view to reducing crimes. (NAN)