Police arrest killers of Ekiti PoS operator, hawker


The police in Ekiti State arrested the killers of the Point of Sales operator and a rice hawker in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, last week.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Adeniran Akinwale, who disclosed this on Wednesday while parading 21 suspects arrested for various crimes in the state, said the killers were also responsible for the other killings in the state last week.

PUNCH Metro had reported that the gunmen on a motorbike killed a ticket officer of the Commercial Motorcycles Riders Association last week Tuesday and also on Thursday shot dead a POS operator at the EKSUTH area and a rice hawker at the Oja Bisi area.

The CP, who was represented at the parade by the Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, said the suspects would be charged to court on the completion of investigations, implored residents “to be security conscious and report to the nearest police station any suspicious person or group of persons found around our environs or call 08062335577”.

Abutu said three members of the killer squad, who also belonged to the Eiye Confraternity, were arrested while the police were on the trail of others who are on the run.

The PPRO said following the recent fracas among rival secret cult group members, especially the Supreme “Eiye” Confraternity and the Black Axe “Aiye” Confraternity in Ado-Ekiti that led to serious unrest as well as killing and robbing of innocent citizens, “the command activated a full-scale manhunt to arrest the perpetrators, bring them to justice and restore a peaceful atmosphere.”

He said the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, “acting on a credible tip-off, arrested one Aluko Olamide in Ado Ekiti. Further investigation led to the arrest of one Atewogboye Olumide Emmanuel at the Ekute Quarters, Ado Ekiti. Another intensified effort led to the arrest of one Salawudeen Lookman.”

He listed exhibits recovered from them to include phones, SIM cards, locally made single barrel guns and cartridges.

Abutu said, “The suspects confessed that they, alongside other fleeing members of their gang identified as Atewogboye Ibrahim and one nicknamed Tornado, were responsible for the killing of one Omoyajowo Olanipekun (ticket agent) on Tuesday last week, the killing of one Ibrahim Taofeek Ayinde (POS operator), and the killing of one Abdullahi Dogon-Daji (rice hawker) on Thursday last week.

“They equally confessed to the attacking and killing of one Abdullahi Abubakar on June 19 during the process of robbing him of his motorcycle. The gang equally shot one Olakunle Rasak at Ori Apata, Along Adebayo Area, Ado-Ekiti, who is presently receiving treatment in the hospital.

“The suspects confessed further that the killing of the rice hawker inside Bisi Market was a mistake as they targeted a rival cult member who was standing beside the victim.

“According to them, the attack was to avenge the killing of one Okunola Dami, who was their member, who was shot dead on 27th May 2024 around Dalimore Area, of Ado-Ekiti, by members of a rival secret cult group.”

Other suspects paraded included four suspects who confessed to having been responsible for the robbery attacks on different innocent citizens in Ado-Ekiti and Ikere Ekiti.

The suspects also included five men who confessed they specialised in stealing vehicles from where they were parked within Ado Ekiti.


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