Gunmen assassinate community leaders over land dispute in Ondo

Unknown gunmen have reportedly assassinated a quarter chief in Owo town, headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State over an alleged land issue.

The quarter Chief, identified as High Chief Elewere Tunde Ilori, was shot dead on Wednesday evening while returning from where he had gone to settle land dispute.

According to a source in the community, the Chief was said to have gone to resolve the land dispute on the order of the Olowo Of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye following a complaint lodged at the Olowo palace by two aggrieved families.

The Chief and members of the two parties involved in the dispute were returning to town when they were attacked, with the deceased chief shot in the head and he died instantly, while one other person who was hit by the assailant’s bullet was been rushed to an undisclosed hospital in the town.

“The hoodlums ran away from the scene immediately and the remains of the man and the other person shot were taken to the hospital where one of them was pronounced dead. I think the incident had been reported to the police in the town,” the source said.

 

The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami said investigation had commenced towards apprehending the perpetrators of the heinous act

 

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