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Some persons suspected to have perpetrated the January 29 murder of two traditional rulers in Ekiti State have been arrested.

The traditional rulers were attacked by gunmen between Oke-Ako and Ipao Ekiti, in Ajoni Local Government area.

The monarchs who were killed include the Elesun of Esun-Ekiti, David Ogunsakin, from Ikole Ekiti and the Onimojo of Imojo-Ekiti, Olatunde Olusola, from Oye local government area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abutu Sunday, in a statement on Sunday said the operation involved police operatives, Amotekun corps, vigilantes, local hunters, members of Agbekoya Group including Policemen and Amotekun Corps from Ondo State.

The suspects, according Mr Abutu, are Yaya Sumaila, Idrisu Abubakar, Hassan Abudullahi, Abudullahi Abudullahi, Haruna Abubakar, Usman Abudullahi, Haruna Sule including one Babusa Alhaji Lede who was arrested inside Ayedun/ Ayebode Ekiti forest in Ikole Area of the state.

“The suspects are currently undergoing investigation and are giving credible information that could lead to the arrest of other fleeing suspects that perpetrated the dastard acts,” he said.

“While the Command will not rest until the fleeing hoodlums are made to face the full wrath of the law, members of the public are hereby implored to be calm and support the Police with credible and timely information that could lead to the arrest of those behind these heinous acts and other criminal elements in the state.”

Exhibits recovered from the suspects are one cow, three cutlasses, one axe, one dagger, and food items.

Also the AIG in charge of Ekiti, Dare Ogundare, while fielding questions from journalists, said no arrest was made during the release operation of the abducted school pupils and their teachers, stating that some of the suspects already in custody were arrested at Oke Osun, in Ikere Ekiti, Igbo Okah and Iju-Ikere boundary forest.

On weather Ransom was paid to secure the release of the Emure abductees, the police boss said that the Nigeria Police would never encourage ransom payment.

He however commended the Inspector General of Police, and the Ekiti State governor’s intervention in the quick release of the abductees.

Mr Ogundare further said that efforts were on to apprehend the Emure abductors.

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