The traditional ruler of the Elepe, Ohi-Ogidi Chief Ojo Olayinka, in the Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, has been killed by some unknown gunmen.
It was believed that the incident occurred on Wednesday as the lifeless body of the traditional ruler was discovered on his farm.
Sources disclosed that when he did not return home from his farm, the community then went to his farm, where his body was discovered.
However, the Kogi state government has said that the killers of the traditional ruler must be apprehended and brought to justice.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by Kingsley Femi Fanwo, Hon. Commissioner for Information and Communications, He noted that the state government condemns such barbaric acts that tend to undermine our determination and progress in securing the lives and property of Kogites.
According to him, the State Governor, 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.
“Inasmuch 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.
“We urge the people of Ogidi and Ijumu Local Government Area to remain calm and not take the laws into their hands, no matter the level of provocation, as the state apparatus is strong enough to defend and secure the lives of our 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 souls 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.