Gunmen attack filling station, kill 32-year-old attendant in Ondo

A 32-year-old filling station attendant has been killed in Akure, the Ondo State capital by gunmen suspected to be armed robbers.

The victim identified as Bolakale was said to have been shot when the gunmen numbering about four invaded the filling station in Alagbaka axis of Akure.

The robbers who injured another attendant carted away an unspecified amount of money during the operation.

According to an eyewitness, the incident occurred at about 6:45 pm when the armed men arrived on a motorcycle.

They were said to have shot severally into the air to scare off customers and passersby before demanding the day’s proceeds.

“They ordered the fuel attendants to hand over the day’s sales which they did as they did not argue with them.

“But with their continuous shooting, the bullets hit two of the attendants, killing one on the spot.

“They also shot sporadically at other people around who tried to raise alarm before escaping from the scene of the incident”

“The injured attendant, Kazeem was rushed to the hospital while the corpse of Bolakale has been deposited at the morgue.”

Meanwhile, two of the robbers, Emmanuel James, 20, and Wisdom Richard, 24 have been arrested by men of the state police command.

They were said to have been arrested following a hot chase by the police which led to a gun duel with the criminals at the back of Adegbemile Cultural Center in Alagbaka area of Akure.

Confirming the arrest of the suspects, the spokesperson of the command, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro disclosed that some items were recovered from the suspects.

According to Ikoro, a Markarof Pistol with 24 rounds of ammunition, one locally-made pistol and eight rounds of cartridges, one expended cartridge, an Infinix phone and some charms were found on the robbers

He added that the two suspects confessed to the crime during interrogation but said investigations are still ongoing to apprehend other fleeing members of the gang.

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