Adetutu Ajayi, the traditional ruler of Ewu Ekiti in Ilejemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti state, has been shot by hoodlums.
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NAN reports that he was shot on Friday night on his way to Ayetoro Ekiti, a neighboring community in Ido/Osi LGA.
The traditional ruler, however, escaped with injuries on his legs, arms and stomach, and he is currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed tertiary medical facility.
Sunday Abutu, the state police spokesman, confirmed the incident.
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Abutu said the command is worried that such an attack could be launched in spite of unrelenting joint security patrol and raiding of black-spots to dislodge criminals.
He, however, said the police command in the state is committed to ridding the state of criminals and assured the residents that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.
The spokesman said the command will continue to work with other security agencies to ensure that criminality is wiped out in Ekiti.
Reacting to the incident, Ekiti state council of Obas called on security agencies to apprehend the hoodlums and bring them to justice.
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Adebanji Alabi, chairman of the council, expressed concern over the rise in banditry and other criminal activities in the country.
He asked the government and security agencies to raise their level of surveillance in the state with a view to reducing crime.