Ekiti State Police Command is making progress in its investigation of the circumstances surrounding the murder of a former chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Chief Omolafe Aderiye last Thursday, as 19 suspects have now been arrested.
“All the 19 are still with us as we are investigating their levels of culpability,” said Victor Babayemi, Public Relations Officer of the Command.
He said the police would not make the identity of the suspects public just yet, but will do so at the appropriate time.
Aderiye had been shot to death by unknown gunmen hours after he was allegedly involved in an attack on a judge of the State High Court.
The transporter who was a close associate of Governor-elect Ayodele Fayose was said to have followed him to his Spotless Hotel, GRA, Ado-Ekiti where the governor-elect attended to his supporters. What he did not know was that he was being trailed by his eventual assailants.
Meanwhile, Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 8, Mr. Christopher Dega and the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, have met with the state’s traditional rulers as they seek to restore peace to the state after days of palpable tension and violence.
The monarchs were urged to prevail on their subjects to shun violence and help bring back peace.
Oba Idowu Adamo Babalola (the Onitaji of Itaji and Chairman of Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers); Oba Adebayo Adewole, the Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti; Oba James Adedapo Popoola, Oore of Otun-Ekiti; Oba M. G. Adedeji, Owa Ooye of Okemesi; Oba Olu Adegoke Adeyemi, Alara of Aramoko; Oba Oluwole Ademolaju, the Oloye of Oye kingdom and Oba S. O. Ajiboye, the Onisan of Isan-Ekiti attended the meeting.