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Bandits kill paramount ruler in Kogi

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Gunmen have assassinated Chief Ojo Olayinka, Elepe of Ohi-Ogidi in Kogi state’s Ijumu local government area.

His killing was disclosed by the state Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, in a statement issued on Wednesday.

The state government not only condemned the killing but also said the culprits will face the law

He said, “To this end, the State Governor, His Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo, has directed security chiefs in the state and the state security adviser to ensure the perpetrators of the dastardly act are apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.

“In as much as this may not bring back our beloved citizen who was murdered, it will reinforce the trust of our citizens in the security architecture of the state. We can not afford to relapse into a state of insecurity.”

He urged the people of Ogidi and Ijumu local government area to remain calm and not take the laws into their own hands, no matter the level of provocation, assuring them that the state apparatus is strong enough to defend and secure the lives of its people and bring antisocial elements to book.

“The people should remain vigilant and volunteer useful intelligence to security agencies and community leaders.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with the immediate family of the deceased, the Ogidi community, the people of Ijumu Local Government Area and indeed, the traditional institution.

“May the soul of the departed rest in peace. The administration of Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo will remain committed to the security of lives and property and will make life unbearable for criminals in the state,” he added.

 

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