Gunmen suspected of being kidnappers broke into the palace of the Olukoro of Koro in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State, killed Oba Peter Segun Aremu, and abducted his wife and two others.
The traditional monarch, a retired army general, was reportedly shot dead in his palace on Thursday night, and his wife and two other people were taken away.
Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq condemned the incident, describing it as reckless, shocking, and horrific in a statement provided by Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Rafiu Ajakaye.
The Kwara state governor, who also serves as the head of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), condemned the murder of the monarch and the kidnapping of his wife and two others.
The governor also charged the security agencies to utilise every resource to ensure that the perpetrators are found and prosecuted and the kidnapped victims are freed.
“We will certainly get the perpetrators and ensure that this is their last crime against humanity,” the governor declared and added: “My profound condolences go to the people of Koro. Our hearts are broken, and we stand by them at this time and always.”
Irele/Oke Ako/Ipao/Oke Aiyedun and Ikole of Ekiti State are nearby towns of Koro in Kwara; these Kwara/Ekiti neighbours share farm boundaries.
These are the areas that three days ago saw the assassination of two of the traditional rulers when they were attacked; in recent years, the area has become a hotbed of murders and kidnappings.