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Tragically, on Monday evening, unidentified gunmen believed to be kidnappers killed two traditional rulers in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The monarchs who lost their lives in the tragic incident were identified as the Elesun of Esun, Oba Babatunde Ogunsakin, and the Olumojo of Imojo, Oba Samuel Olatunji.

The traditional rulers were reportedly ambushed and fatally attacked by armed assailants along Ipao-Irele-Oke Ako while returning from Ogbe, a neighboring town in Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi state.

Reports indicate that the vehicle transporting three monarchs was intercepted, leading to the tragic deaths of Oba Ogunsakin and Oba Olatunji. Fortunately, the Alara of Ara-Ekiti, Oba Adebayo Fatoba, managed to escape from the scene.

Prince Micheal Ogungbemi, the chairman of the Ajoni Local Council Development Area confirmed the incident.

The council boss, who condemned the attack, said the gunmen attempted to kidnap the three traditional rulers.

He lamented the killing of the revered traditional rulers.

Ogungbemi said he had mobilised local security outfits including the Amotekun corps to comb the forest in a bid to arrest the perpetrators.

He said: “ I just returned from thescene of the unfortunate incident along Oke-Ako road and I can confirm that two traditional rulers; the Elesun of Esun-Ekiti and Onimojo of Imojo-Ekiti were killed by the gunmen who ambushed them.

“The Alara of Ara-Ekiti managed to escape from the incident, he was the one driving when the incident happened.

“We have evacuated the remains of the monarchs and deposited them in the morgue at the Ikole General Hospital.

“ Our local security outfit and Amotekun have been drafted to the scene and the bush to arrest the bandits who committed this dastardly act.”

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