The Ekiti State Police Command on Sunday, at its headquarters in Ado-Ekiti, paraded one suspect Baboga Alhaji, over his involvement in the killing of the two traditional rulers in the Ikole area of Ekiti State last week Monday
Briefing journalists, the AIG in charge of Ekiti, Dare Ogundare, said the suspect was arrested in the forest between Ayedun and Ayebode by the combined efforts of police and other security agencies.
The AIG, said no arrest was made during the rescue operation of the abducted school pupils and their teachers but added that some suspects had been arrested at Oke Osun, in Ikere Ekiti, Igbo Okah and Iju-Ikere boundary forest.
Ogundare denied payment of ransom to secure the release of the abducted victims, noting that the Nigeria Police would never encourage ransom payment.
According to Ogundare, “In our bid to flush out criminal elements in the county following the killing of the two traditional rulers and abduction of Pupils and teachers in the state, a combined team of the police, Amotekun and OPC, embarked on a secret operation into the thick forest in Ikere.
“During the operation, 5 suspects were arrested and several dangerous weapons were recovered from them.
“The team further extended their operation through Emure-ekiti Forrest where 8 other suspects were equally apprehended.
“During interrogation, a suspect named Babooga Alhaji admitted he took part in the assassination of the two traditional rulers, he is currently giving credible information that will lead to the arrest of other gang leaders.”
The AIG also announced the successful release of the 5 abducted students and teachers
According to the AIG, they were rescued at the Otikon forest between Emure Ekiti and Owo in Ondo State at about 1 am, Sunday morning.
The AIG appreciated Governor Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji for his relentless support in facilitating the rescue of the students as well as the teachers.