Ekiti Monarch Recounts Harrowing Escape from Gunmen, Details Colleagues’ Tragic Fate

The Alara of Ara in the Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Oba Adebayo Fatoba, has shared the harrowing experience of narrowly escaping from gunmen who attacked him and claimed the lives of two fellow monarchs last Monday.

The incident occurred as Fatoba, alongside the Onimojo of Imojo Ekiti in Oye LG and the Elesun of Esun Ekiti in Ajoni, Ikole Local Government of Ekiti State, were returning from a meeting. Tragically, the other two monarchs fell victim to the assailants, while Fatoba managed to escape.

In an interview with Awikonko TV Live, Fatoba explained that the community had sought permission from the state police to address the challenges posed by herders who had been attacking the communities.

“We have a security committee in the local government. There are 25 communities in Ikole Local Government Area. When Fulani people started coming in to graze and do all sorts, we got permission from the police to assist them. This was about three or four years ago. I was made the chairman of the committee. One of my counterparts who was killed (Onimojo of Imojo) was the deputy, and we used to go everywhere. We volunteered to do it for Yoruba land,” Fatoba stated.

He recounted the alarming moment when their vehicle abruptly stopped, and guns were pointed at them. Despite sustaining cuts and bruises from the attack, Fatoba managed to escape, revealing that the assailants did not comprehend English. The monarch described the weapons carried by the attackers, including an AK-47, a pump-action gun, and a locally-made one.

Fatoba emphasized that he used the vehicle door to shield himself when an assailant attempted to strike his head with a weapon. As he fled, gunshots echoed behind him, dispelling rumors that he had mysteriously vanished.

Addressing those who doubted his escape, Fatoba clarified, “People who said that I disappeared, I want them to know that it is a lie. I ran to the security guards that we put in that area because it had been a hotspot. I wanted to get to them.” The monarch is still grappling with the physical and emotional aftermath of the traumatic incident.


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