By Daud Olatunji
To the residents of Akingbala area of Obantoko, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, the killing of eight people in their community in a deadly strike by a policeman should have been a film trick and not a real show.
It was a black Thursday when news filtered into town that a policeman had gone berserk, killing his wife, a landlady , the landlady’s daughter, Basirat, her two sons, a-two-year-old grand daughter, Jesutofunmi, and a motorcycle rider.
Had Iya Basirat, the landlady, and four children known that harbouring a policewoman, Oluwatosin Faremi, the wife of the police corporal, Sunkanmi Ogunbiyi, would be disastrous, they might not have accommodated her.
Indeed, it was a fatal gesture on the part of the landlady and family.
Sunkanmi and his wife were said to have been having lingering quarrel before the recent one which prompted the wife to pack out of their matrimonial home to a nearby place with their two children.
This development, according to findings, got Sunkanmi depressed at work. His colleagues were said to have been curious about the strange character he displayed 24 hours before the killings.
The tragic incident occurred around 7 am shortly after the police corporal attached to Ogun State Police Command, left his post where he had a night duty for number 67, Ifelodun street, Akingbala area where her estranged wife was staying and killed all the people he sighted including a motorcycle rider who was outside the building to take his wife, who had dressed up in police uniform for work, to her place of duty.
Before the killings, the rampaging policeman reportedly curdled his two children who had dressed up for school, ordering the motorcycle rider who brought him to the scene to take them to school.
The landlady was said to have been warned by Sunkanmi not to dabble into his family affair whenever he had quarrel with his wife.
He was said to have gone to the landlady a week before the incident to warn her. The issue allegedly escalated, leading to the police involvement but was later resolved.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that the police corporal might have been provoked nut for his alleged inability to access money in a joint account he operated with his wife due to their quarrel.
Findings showed that Sunkanmi was an easy going policeman who was loved by colleagues. He was also described as a good husband who always expressed love to his wife before recent developments.
A police source said anytime he was posted, he would ensure that his wife was also posted to join him.
Chief Samsideen Akanwodulonju, the Osi of Obantoko, said he was told that the policeman had been warning the landlady to stop harbouring his wife whenever they quarelled.
Also explaining the incident, Chief Dada Korede, the Otun of Obantoko, said that “the policeman had warned his wife not to go to the landlady’s place anytime they quarelled.
Meanwhile, Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Muyiwa, described the killings as unfortunate.
”The Command has commenced a thorough forensic investigation into the killing and promised to make sure justice is done in the matter,” he added.