How Ekiti Police Nabbed the Killer of Two Monarchs in a Forest Hideout

The Ekiti State Police Command has made a breakthrough in the investigation of the murder of two monarchs in the Ikole area of Ekiti on January 29, 2024. The police have arrested one Alhaji Baboga, who confessed to being part of the gang that killed the traditional rulers.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Ekiti, Dare Ogundare, disclosed this to journalists on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti. He said that the suspect was tracked down and captured in a forest between Ayedun and Ayebode, after a joint operation by various security agencies in the state.

According to the AIG, the police are still hunting for the other members of the gang, who are believed to be hiding in some forests in the state. He said that some other suspects have been arrested at Oke Osun, in Ikere Ekiti, Igbo Okah and Iju-Ikere boundary forest, in connection with other crimes.

Ogundare also revealed that the police did not make any arrest during the rescue operation for the school pupils and their teachers, who were abducted by gunmen in Emure on February 1, 2024. He said that the police did not pay any ransom to secure their release, but rather relied on intelligence and pressure from the security forces.

He commended the Inspector General of Police and the Ekiti State governor for their support and intervention in the successful rescue of the abductees. He assured the public that the police would continue to work hard to ensure the safety and security of lives and property in the state.

The suspect, Baboga, who spoke to newsmen, admitted that he was involved in the killing of the two monarchs, but did not give any motive for the crime. He said that he regretted his action and begged for forgiveness.

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