Suspected Herdsmen Hiding In The Bush Ambush Nigerian Pastor, Shoot Him Dead In Ekiti

The Rev. Johnson Oladimeji, a Nigerian pastor, was killed in Ekiti state.

According to The Nation, the tragedy struck Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti’s second-largest city, after gunmen suspected of being shepherds murdered the cleric along the Igbara-Odo-Ikere-Ekiti highway.

Reverend Oladimeji was assassinated on Friday night next to the Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology in the city.

La Nación reported that the incident occurred around 5 in the afternoon when the gunmen, who were hiding in the forest along the highway, assaulted his vehicle and sporadically fired at his vehicle in an attempt to stop the driver.

The cleric was hit by some of the bullets that rained down on his vehicle.

A source close to the deceased, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said relatives had started a search for the pastor before his body was found in a pool of blood in his car with gunshot wounds.

The source said: “The man was returning from Osun state on Thursday evening and decided to use the Igbara-Odo route to Ikere-Ekiti when he was ambushed and shot dead by gunmen at night.

After a series of unanswered calls to his phone numbers, church members decided to start looking for him and found him dead tonight (Friday) in his car on the road near the University of Education and Technology in Ikere- Ekiti “.

The source explained that the incident was reported at the Igbara-Odo police station before his body was evacuated to the morgue.

Confirming the murder, Ekiti Baptist Church President Rev’d Adeyinka Aribasoye said that the deceased was killed while returning from Ipetu-Ijesha in Osun.

According to him: “The incident is synonymous with a kidnapping case that went wrong, perhaps he refused to be stopped by the kidnappers and therefore they opened fire on him.

“The family was already waiting for him but when they found out that he was taking too long, they began to make a series of contacts and searches before learning that they had killed him on the road.”

But, when contacted, the police public relations officer, ASP Sunday Abutu, said the command was not aware of the incident.