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JUST IN: Gunmen abduct ex-U.S soldier, kill 1 in Ekiti

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Police in Ekiti on Tuesday confirmed the killing of person and abduction of a retired U.S army officer, Maj. Jide Ijadare, and one other by unknown gunmen.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu who confirmed the incident, said it happened in Ijan Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government area of the state.

“We can confirm to you that a retired U.S. soldier and one other were kidnapped around 2:00p.m today (Tuesday).

“One person was also killed during the attack at a factory in Ijan Ekiti where the two persons were kidnapped.

“The Police Commissioner has drafted policemen to the place and we are combing the bushes where they escaped into.

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“The police is working with local hunters to ensure that these kidnappers are arrested and prosecuted,” the PPRO said.

The incident came barely 24 hours after the the Director, General Administration in the state Local Government Service Commission, Mr David Jejelowo, was reportedly killed in his house by yet to be identified persons.

It was gathered that Ijadare, a native of Ijan Ekiti, was kidnapped in his palm oil producing factory located on Ijan-Ise-Ekiti road.

The suspected kidnappers, said to be seven in number, had invaded the factory where they shot dead one person in a bid to kidnap the retired army officer and the other victim.

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NAN learnt that the gunmen stormed the factory, shot sporadically and killing one person, before dragging Maj. Ijadare and the other staff member into the car and zooming off.


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