- A gang of gunmen has murdered a 75-year-old Egba high chief, Moses Oyebade in the Ago-Oba area of Abeokuta in Ogun state
- After killing Oyebade in his house while he was sleeping, the gunmen in a note accused him of promiscuity
- Confirming the incident, the police spokesman in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, said that it is a case of assassination, adding that some persons have been invited for interrogation
The Ago-Oba area of Abeokuta in Ogun state was on Wednesday, June 5, greeted with tragedy when a gang of gunmen murdered a 75-year-old Egba high chief, Moses Oyebade, who was also the Apena of Ikanna.
The killers, who assassinated Oyebade in his house while he was asleep, left a note behind which said: "Useless man, Onidokudo", meaning "the promiscuous one."
Premium Times reports that the attackers killed their victim at a time when he was the only one in the building.
The victim's first son, Oluyemi, revealed that there have been reports about some unknown persons trailing his late father's movements recently, adding that gunmen on two occasions have tried to gain entrance into the building of the deceased.
Oluyemi said: “My father was sleeping in his bedroom. The bed is close to the window. As the glass was broken, he woke up to see what happened. He took his torch to see who was there. That was how he was shot. The first gunshot was in his hand which was seriously damaged. Maybe when he was still struggling, they shot him again. I guess they shot him three times.”
“The funniest part of it was that, when that incident occurred at that time, nobody came to his rescue. If you look at that room, the blood on the floor was more than what you see in an abattoir. It means he struggled to death, while the neighbours were quiet. They could not assist him. They pretended as if they did not know what happened.
“That is my pain. How can you be living in an environment where you call yourselves neighbours and none of you could even come out to assist? It is just unfortunate. If I have my way, I think everybody in this neighbourhood should be arrested and investigated.
“Can this people who are very close say they didn’t know something happened here? I am beginning to suspect that there are connivers within the neighbourhood.”
Confirming the development, the police spokesman in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, said: “We have a case of murder at hand. Apena of Ikanna Chief Moses Oyebade, some men went to his residence , broke his window and shot him at 12: am .
“We have examined the place and recovered assassination note which contained a message written in both English and Yoruba languages.
“The content read ‘useless man, Oni dokudo. In our preliminary investigation, it could be a case of assassination. We will invite some people for interrogation.
“The state Police Commissioner, Valentine Ntomchukwu has directed that the case be transferred to department of criminal investigation. The perpetrators would not go Scot free. The commissioner of Police sympathises with the family, even, the Kabiyesi, the Alake of Egbaland.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the suspect who allegedly stabbed the traditional ruler of Odo Oro Ekiti, Oba Gbadebo Ogunsakin to death confessed to the crime, saying he carried out the act to reclaim the throne.
The 40-year-old Omonoyi Ademola, who was said to be mentally unstable before the crime, said he never knew the Oba would die.
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