Gunmen kill hotelier, wife in Ogun

Femi Adeleke
Gunmen on Tuesday allegedly killed an hotelier, Kehinde Ibidunni and his wife, Elizabeth at their resident at Atan – Ota, Ado – Odo/Ota Local government area of Ogun state. 
The assailants reportedly broke into the house of the couple in the early hours of Tuesday and gunned down the couple in quick succession.
The 63-year-old hotelier and his 54-year-old wife were killed at their residence located at No. 15 Tella Ojo Crescent, Atan – Ota around 3am on Tuesday.
The son of the couple, Olayinka, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Abeokuta on Wednesday, described it as a case of “assassination”.
He disclosed that, his parents were murdered barely a month after they attended his wedding in Abuja.
According to him, a little girl who was living with his parents was alerted by the noise of the break in and rushed in to inform his father. 
But, when the man showed up to inquiry about “the strange visitors,” he was shot in the heart and died on the spot.
The hoodlums later gained entrance into the building, got hold of the wife, beat her before she was finally shot dead.
Narrating how his parents were killed, Olayinka said, “They (couple) stayed alone in the house. They have a little girl staying with them in the house for support.
“At about 3am on April 27,  the girl heard some people trying to gain access in to the house through the burglary proof. She immediately stood up, went to my dad’s room, and called him that some people were trying to gain entrance.
“When my dad showed up to ask about the people, they shot him in the heart straight up. So, he died instantly. After they killed him, they gained access into the house.
“They went into the room, they met my mum, they beat her, they stabbed her and finally they shot her. They killed the two of them and after that, they scattered the whole house, they took the little money they could lay their hands on and they left.”
When asked if it was a case of armed robbery or assassination, he responded “From what we know and what the police are saying, it is a case of assassination. We can’t tell what type of robbery that led to killing husband and wife. I think it is an assassination case.”
He added that, the police have taken the corpses to the morgue, but no arrest has been made in connection with the crime.
“The police were around all through, they were even the one who took the corpse to the morgue. They told us that they have not laid their hands on any concrete evidence, but they are still trying to interview some people. We were even at the station as at yesterday (Tuesday),” Olayinka added.
Olayinka while describing his parents as “peaceful and loving,” hinted that the family has concluded arrangement to bury the couple on Friday.
The Command’s Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the assassination of the couple, but denied that it was a case of assassination.
He said, “The case that was reported to us is a case of armed robbery because they (assailants) pack away some things after shooting the couple. They made away with some of their properties, it is still within the range of armed robbery, any other thing can now come but what is on ground now is a case of armed robbery.
Oyeyemi, however said, no arrest has made in connection with the murder, saying “No arrest has been made but we are working towards that”.
He disclosed that, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun had directed that the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to take over the investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the couple’s murder.

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