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February 2, 2024

Kwara Police vow to arrest killers of monarch

Kwara Police vow to arrest killers of monarch

By Demola Akinyemi, Ilorin

The Kwara State Police Command has vowed to arrest and prosecute the killers of the retired Army General, Onikoro of Koro Oba Aremu Olusegun Cole, who was murdered by gunmen who invaded his palace Thursday evening and abducted his wife and two others.

The police command, in a statement issued by its spokesperson, DSP Ejire-Adeyemi Toun, early Friday morning, urged the troubled residents of Koro town to remain as everything would be done to arrest the killers of their monarch.

The statement reads, “It is with deep sorrow that I confirm the unfortunate incident that unfolded today in Koro, Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State. Gunmen invaded the palace of the Onikoro, Oba Aremu Olusegun Cole, resulting in the tragic loss of his life and the abduction of his wife and one other.

“The Kwara State Police Command, under the leadership of Commissioner of Police CP Victor OLAIYA (psc+), expresses his heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and the entire community affected by this heinous act. Our prayers are with them during this challenging time.

“Immediate and intensive investigations are underway to apprehend those criminals for this reprehensible act. We assure the public that no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that the perpetrators are brought swiftly to justice.

“Security measures in the Koro community have been intensified, and tactical teams are being mobilised to beef up security to ensure the safety and well-being of residents.

“The CP has urged the public to remain calm, vigilant, and cooperative as we work tirelessly to unravel this matter; arrest and charge the culprits to court. The Kwara State Police Force remains resolute in its commitment to safeguarding lives and property,” concluded the statement.

Recall that the daredevil Gunmen invaded the palace of Olukoro of Koro in the Ekiti local government area of Kwara State on Thursday night and killed the traditional ruler of the community, General Segun Aremu (rtd).

The gunmen also whisked away the wife of the monarch and two others.

The Kwara state government confirmed the killing of the monarch and the abduction of three others, including his wife, in a press statement issued by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaiye, late Thursday evening.

“Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has condemned the killing of Olukoro of Koro in Ekiti Local Government, HRH retd. General Segun Aremu.

“The monarch was reportedly shot dead in his palace on Thursday night by some unknown gunmen, who also whisked away his wife and two others. 

“The governor condemned the development, which he said was reckless, shocking, and abominable.

“He charged the security agencies not to spare any resources to track down the perpetrators, free the spouse and others taken away, and bring them to book.

“We will certainly get the perpetrators and ensure that this is their last crime against humanity. My profound condolences go out to the people of Koro. Our hearts are broken, and we stand by them at this time and always,” the governor said in a statement signed

by his chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye.