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Suspected gunmen kill three guards in Ondo


Tension at the weekend gripped residents of Oba-Ile and its environs in Akure North Local Council of Ondo State when three guards were killed by unknown persons.The victims, it was gathered, were slaughtered between Friday night and Saturday morning at their different duty posts.

According to a source, some armed men stormed a relaxation spot along Oba-Ile last Friday to murder two guards on the spot before exiting the scene with no single item.He disclosed that the corpses were discovered and deposited at the morgue by policemen on night patrol in the area.

In a somewhat coordinated attack, the source added that two gun-wielding men invaded a filling station along Akure Airport road in the dead of the night same day but the two guards on duty were lucky to have escaped unhurt. He, however, revealed that the armed bandits, numbering four, remobilised at the filling station the following day to kill another guard, popularly known as Baba Eze.

According to him, one of the guards who sighted the assailants, escaped to inform the police of the incident, but the 60-year-old Baba was already matcheted to death before help came
His words: “The second guard who took to his heels reported the incident at the police station but before they could get to the scene, Eze was already gasping for breath and could not make it to the hospital.

“He was matcheted and lost a lot of blood.” The source added that the attackers also left the scene without taking anything from the filling station.The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incidents, noted that two guards were found dead within the precinct of the fun spot by men of the state command while on night patrol.

He identified the late guards as Sunday and Paul from Langtang in Plateau State, adding that their remains have been deposited at the morgue while investigation into the matter had begun.“Policemen on night patrol usually check on the guards for alerts but when there was no response from the guards, they went into the depot only to discover their dead bodies.

“We will not relent in our efforts to provide safety to people of Ondo State. We have commenced investigation into the matter and we are on the trail of the assailants. We have put some measures in place to apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice,” the spokesman stated.Joseph urged the public to always provide useful pieces of information that could make the force do its work better.

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