BY EVELYN USMAN & MONSUR OLOWOOPEJO
LAGOS — Unidentified gunmen, at the early hours of yesterday, shot an octogenarian white cap chief dead, in his apartment on Iga Iduganran Street, Isale-Eko, Lagos.
Meantime, the state government has described the death of the Onimole as shocking and unfortunate.
The deceased, identified as Chief Kayode Adeshina Onimole, was the Onimole of Lagos and a member of the white cap chiefs of Lagos. He was reportedly fast asleep in his Onimole palace when his assailants came calling at about 3 a.m.
The gunmen, two in number, as gathered, moved straight to the chief’s bedroom, where they met him and one of his children. They reportedly ordered them to lie down and demanded an unspecified money from the octogenarian who pleaded with them to take whatever they wanted, that he had no money.
But his plea fell on deaf ears as one of the gunmen reportedly collected his phone while his colleague pulled the trigger and shot him in the chest.
The dying man said to be bleeding profusely, managed to shout for help. But it was far from him.
When his children were certain the gunmen had left, their attempt to seek help was aborted as the gunmen had locked them inside and took away the keys.
Curious residents, as gathered, forced the door open and thereafter, took 73-year-old Onimole to an undisclosed private hospital where unfortunately, he was confirmed dead.
Sympathizers, majority of whom were traditional title holders, thronged the Onimole palace located few compounds away from Oba Rilwan Akiolu’s Iga Iduganran palace, to commiserate with the bereaved family.
One of the leaders of the Onimole family, Major General Segun Ajiborise, described the deceased as an amiable person who would be missed by all.
He said: “Our family has lost a rare gem. The killing of our brother is a very pathetic experience. Early this morning, we woke up to hear the news that our brother, Chief Kayode Adeshina Onimole, the Onimole of Lagos and the Opemulero of Yorubaland was robbed and killed.
“We quickly got the police involved. The police have come and they have embarked on homicide investigation into the matter.
“There is nothing we can do; we just give glory to God. He was a traditional ruler but he had only one wife and six children.”
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar Manko, confirmed the incident, saying investigation has begun.
Manko, however, ruled out robbery attack, explaining that from information gathered, the killers did not collect a dime.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, according to the CP, would head the investigative team.
It ‘s shocking, unfortunate —Lagos govt
Reacting to the death of the chief, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, yesterday, said: “It is very unfortunate that this murder happened when Lagosians are commending the state government over the peace and security in the state.
“It is very unfortunate and shocking that a time when the state is enjoying relative peace that such gruesome murder took place.”
While commiserating with the deceased’s family, the commissioner urged the police to investigate the murder with a view to uncovering the assailants within the shortest possible time.
“We prayed God give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable lost while are appealing to the police to uncover the murderers within shortest possible time,” he said.