Reactions have begun to trail the gruesome murder of the Oyo State House of Assembly member, Hon. Gedion Aremu as the Oyo State Police command vowed to track the gunmen who assassinated the lawmaker.
The lawmaker, who was said to have recently completed his doctoral degree at the University of Ilorin, and was due to officially graduate next week, was shot by two unknown assailants a few meters away to his Alakia residence in Ibadan.
Eyewitnesses said the lawmaker was murdered very close to his house by the three assailants, who rode on a motor cycle, stating that they seemed to had trailed the lawmaker to his residence, before they crossed his car and opened fire on him around 9pm.
WESTERN POST gathered that Hon. Aremu’s “wife was watching from the house how the three men on a bike accosted her husband to the street and ordered him down”.
According to his wife, she heard her husband telling the assailants “what do you want” but could not help before they carried out their dastardly mission.
She hinted that “the three men trailed Aremu on a bike; one rode while the two others came down to attack him. He was shot several times. Though he had on him about N65,000 but they didn’t take a penny. They even waited for some minutes to confirm that he was dead before they left. They only took away his two mobile phones.”
Another source who pleaded not to be mentioned told WESTERN POST that, “while the incident was on, his wife who was sitting on a spacious apartment on the house was watching, but said they thought the assailants were taking him away. He was however taken to some hospitals as he was confirmed ‘brought in dead’ at Toun hospital.
His younger brother, who preferred anonymity, said he was lying down in the house when he heard gunshots. He came out only to realise that his brother was the victim.
At the scene of the incident a few meters to his house, the victim’s sandal and blood still litter the ground even by Saturday morning.
It was also gathered that members of his family put a call through to his phone around 3 am. The phone rang but nobody picked it up. Subsequent attempts, however, failed to connect as the phone had been switched off.
When colleagues of the deceased from the state House of Assembly visited the home of Labour Party Leader in the House, Hon. Lanre Agoro, at Yawiri area, Akono-Ojurin, Ibadan, they all wore a mournful look.
The Speaker said: “At this time in the political history of the House and the state when we are all relating as one big family, this sad event took place. We can’t explain this because at the House we operate as one big family. Honourable Aremu is a simple and gentle colleague. Nobody expects this time of incident. It is indeed sad”.
Governor Ajimobi, who also lamented the sad incident, promised to give the lawmaker a state and befitting burial, saying the young man was bubbling with life and was eager to make a positive impact on the governance of state.
Thereafter, the team also visited the Bodija home of former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, who was said to be resting based on medical advice. The lawmakers, however, offered prayers for the repose of Aremu’s soul before they departed.
Earlier, the former governor had condemned the gruesome murder of Aremu. He said: “It is bad that some people could take the life of a promising serving member of the House of Assembly like that. Why would anybody play politics with the life of a human being, at this time and especially in the month of Ramadan. It is rather unfortunate.”