ByÂ Kenneth Ehigiator & Kolade Larewaju
THERE were indications yesterdayÂ that the slain Action Congress,Â AC, governorship candidate in the 2007 election, Otunba Dipo Dina, will be buried Friday, in his country home, Ijebu-Ode.
A family source told newsmen that funeral activities of the late politician and businessman would start today in Lagos.
The source added that an inter-denominational service/christian wake-keep would hold at his Ikoyi residence in Lagos, thereafter his body would be conveyed to Ijebu-Ode, his final resting place.
The late politician was killed by suspected hired killers on the Atan-Agbara road in Ota, Ogun State, last Monday night.
Insecurity worries Ogun monarchs
Meantime, the stateÂ Council of Obas after a meeting in Abeokuta, lamented that the security situation in the state was terrifyingÂ ”arising from the influx of the underworld men from neighbouring states.”
In a statement issued after the meeting at the Obasâ€™ Complex, Oke-Mosan Abeokuta,Â the monarchs from the three Senatorial Districts of the state,Â urged the state government to consider the need for a more effective use of vigilante groups across the state.
Meantime, the South-West Zone 2 Command of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, VGN, has dissociated itself from a statement credited to one of its executive members, Alhaji Adeyemi Ayetoto, over Dina’s murder at Ota, last Monday.
Group disowns member
Ayetoto had described the Living Faith World Outreach (Winnersâ€™ Chapel), Canaan Land, Ota, as a notorious hideout for criminals and the police at Ota insensitive to distress calls.
But the Zonal Commander of VGN, Alhaji Abdulahi Toye, in a statement issued at the weekend, said Ayetoto did not have the permission of the executive council to speak for the group.
He stressed that Dinaâ€™s killing was not even discussed at the groupâ€™s last meeting.
The commander described Ayetotoâ€™s reference to Winnersâ€™ Chapel and the police at Ota as an attempt to blackmail both parties.
According to him, the church had always assisted the police and the vigilante group with logistics needed to fight crime in the state
He said: â€œThe entire members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area and the South-West Zone 2 Command have dissociated themselvesÂ from the recent hasty and unguarded, unreasonable and unauthorised statements credited to one Alhaji Adeyemi Ayetoto in the media as regards the cold blooded murder of the frontline politician, Otunba Dipo Dina at Ota, Ogun State.
â€œAlhaji Ayetoto, who is one of the executive members ofÂ the group in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area is not competent to speak to the media on the incident relating to the matter at stake and neither was the murder of OtunbaÂ Dina discussed at any of the groupâ€™s executive council meeting.
â€œMembers of the Vigilante are of the view that forÂ Alhaji Ayetoto to have gone out of the laid down procedure to speak on a volatile issue such as the murder of the late gubernatorial candidate ofÂ Action Congress without authorisation from the executive council of the group, he (Ayetoto) must have been motivated to thwart the Nigeria Police Force investigation process.
â€œIn addition, his claim about the Living Faith World Outreach(Winners Chapel), Cannanland, Ota, as a notorious hideout of criminals and his description of police as insensitive are unfounded and aimed at blackmailing the Winners Chapel and the police for material gain.â€
The commander saidÂ â€œThe Winners Chapel, as a matter of fact, has been supporting community policing morally with the provision of vehicles for patrol in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State by members of the group, while the Area Commander, the DPO and all the policemen in the command have always been responsive to security needs byÂ supporting the Vigilante members in community policing.â€