Suspected gunmen on Monday invaded a petroleum filling station in Igoba, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, killing a security guard attached to the station before they set the station ablaze.
The security guard identify as Mr Sunday was killed by the gunmen before razing Titolu Venture filling station.
The station manager, Ajisafe Oluwatobiloba, while speaking with newsmen said he was notified about the fire outbreak in the station around 4 am.
He said he had to rush to the station only to find the security guard tied with ropes and had been killed while the premises were set ablaze by the hoodlums.
He, however, said no one could be traced to the incident and said, “at about 4 am, I was called by one of the residents, and on getting here, we saw the station burning, we called the fire service and they came to quench the fire not knowing the perpetrators had killed our security guard.
“While trying to figure out what could have caused the fire, we saw where the guard was tied and killed.
“We also saw the keg used by the arsonist filled with petrol which part of it must have been used to wet the station before setting it on fire,” Oluwatobiloba added.
It was gathered that men of the Nigerian police force had deposited the guard’s body in a mortuary.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, PPRO, SP Funmi Odunlami who confirmed the incident said investigations had begun to unravel the circumstances behind the incident.