Suspected gunmen have killed one Muhammed Oke, a leader of the vigilante group in Isaga/Ilewo-Orile in Abeokuta-North Local Government Area of Ogun State,
The slain vigilante leader was killed around 8:30 a.m on Thursday, after he received a distress call.
Oke was also the ward 15 chairman of African Democratic Congress, Isaga/Ilewo-Orile in the council.
Confirming the incident on Saturday, the Police Public Relations Officer of the State Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the police has commenced investigation into the incident.
Oyeyemi said, “It’s true he was killed. What I heard is that some people said they saw some gunmen hiding at a place and they now called the man, since he is a vigilante in the community; so they went there to attack those gunmen.
“On getting there, the gunmen had laid ambush for them and that’s how he got shot. One person died while one was injured.
“But we have commenced an investigation into it.”
He, however, debunked the claim that it was a case of assassination, saying that the command would not restrict the scope of the investigation.
Oyeyemi said the police investigation would unveil the circumstance that led to the death of the vigilante leader.
Oyeyemi said, “We cannot jump into conclusion that it’s an assassination case. When you are jumping into conclusion, the implication is that, your mind will be diverted in the course of investigation.
“So, we don’t speculate until we find out the real fact of the matter. But the fact remains that the man was killed by some gunmen.
“I am not aware the man was an ADC chairman. I am not aware of him being a chairman of a political party; I am only aware he is a member of vigilante group and hunter.”