By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Details have emerged of how the leader of Ibadan notorious gang, ‘One Million Boys’, Abiola Ebila, was killed on Sunday afternoon.
A source who craved anonymity disclosed that Ebila and his team had kidnapped a middle-aged man whose name as of the time of this report could not be ascertained and kept him in one room at Aboderin Compound, Kudeti, Ibadan while demanding N1million as ransom.
The source further hinted that it was at this point that the victim told them to let them approach a nearby ATM to withdraw money, an offer Ebila and his team turned down.
They threatened to kill him if he refused to make available the amount they requested.
The source said it was at this point that Ebila asked the victim to call anyone who could bring the money for him to escape being killed, adding that the call made from Ebila’s den gave the Operatives of Operation Burst the information about the ongoing criminal act.
“Men of the Operation Burst, therefore, swung into action by heading for Aboderin Compound, Kudeti,” the source said.
The source said further that Ebila and his team members numbering 15 upon sighting the security team started shooting at them sporadically.
This, however, led to the shooting of Ebila, who was trying to escape through the river line of the popular Kudeti River.
The source said that while the men of Operation Burst were trying to overpower other members of the gang, some of them managed to escape with the corpse of Ebila, who was shot twice at the back.
Ebila was declared wanted sometime in April 2020, in connection with the murder of one Ibadan most wanted thug, Moshood Oladokun, popularly known as Ekugbemi.
Ekugbemi was macheted to death at Olomi area of Ibadan during a clash with a rival cult group.
On Sunday, the police in Oyo State confirmed the killing of who they described as a suspected gang leader in Ibadan, believed to be Ebila.
Ebila was the alleged mastermind of the killing of the rival gang leader, Moshood Oladokun, in May during a clash of the two gangs.
Police spokesperson in the state, Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident on Sunday.
“Yes, he has been killed. But I am yet to get details of the incident. We will brief the press when we get details of the incident.
“Police have been deployed to the area to maintain peace,” the officer said.