By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Unknown gunmen have allegedly shot dead a hotelier, Kehinde Ibidunni, and his wife, Elizabeth, in a brutal attack at Atan – Ota in Ado – Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The 63-year- old man and his 54-year-old wife were reportedly shot dead by the gunmen who broke into their residence at Atan – Ota in the early hours of Tuesday.
It was gathered that the gunmen stormed the man’s residence at No 15, Tella Ojo Crescent, Atan – Ota, around 3am, forcing their way into the house through a burglary proof.
The noise caught the attention of a little girl who was cohabiting with the couple.
The little girl, it was gathered had immediately rushed to inform the hotelier of the development in his room, but when the man showed up to inquiry about the “strange visitors,” he was reportedly shot in the chest and he died on the spot.
Our correspondent also gathered that the gunmen later gained entrance into the building, got hold of the wife, beat her before she was finally shot dead.
The son, Olayinka who spoke with newsmen, said it was a case of assassination.
He said his parents were murdered barely a month the duo attended his wedding in Abuja.
Narrating the incident, he said “They (couple) stayed alone in the house.
“They had 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 into 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 chest.
“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, and later stabbed and 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 the killing of husband and wife. I think it is an assassination case.”
According to him, the police have taken the corpses of the couple to the morgue, but an arrest has been made in connection with the crime.
“The police were around all through. They were even the one who took their 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,” said that the family has concluded arrangement to bury the couple on Friday.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident said it was a case of armed robbery
He said the attackers took away some property of the couple after killing them.
He added that the State Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has ordered that the case be transferred to the CID department for investigation.