Vanguard (Lagos)

6 February 2002

Nigeria: Bandits Kill Police Coporal, Injure Others in Ekiti

ADO-EKITI-ARMED bandits on Monday unleashed terror on Ekiti state, killing a police corporal and inflicted injuries on three junior officers and several civilians.

During the two and half hours operation the chairman of Ekiti East local government, Alhaji Saka Bello was also robbed of his Prado jeep official vehicle along Iluomoba Omuo road. The robbers numbering eight were said to have mounted a road block at Iluomoba junction for several hours dispossessing motorists of their valuables. According to eye-witnesses account, the armed bandits, who were shooting sporadically into the air with a view to scaring away residents, however made a detour to Agbado and Onwo Ekiti, where they equally had a free day with the residents of the communities.

Vanguard further gathered that the incident reached its climax when the robbers invaded a filling station and ordered petrol attendants to surrender all the monies in their possession and subsequently made away with the loot.

Shortly after this, the robbers were said to have intercepted the wife of Ekiti East local government chairman, as they were obviously attracted by the Prado jeep conveying her to Omuo, from Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

Acting on a tip-off, the men of Quid Intervention Squad (QIS) were said to have engaged the robbers in gun battles, leaving one of the policemen dead on the spot.

After the operation one of the robbers removed the shirt of the chairman's driver and put it on "so when the robbers drove into the town people started jubilating thinking that the jeep had been recovered, and that was how the robbers sprayed many youths with bullets."

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