By Gbenga Akinwunmi
Residents of Ijeja, Abeokuta South Local Government were thrown into mourning Wednesday following the killing of the organising secretary, National Union of Road Transport Workers, Asero Motor Park, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Mr. Haruna Kehinde, who was shot by unknown gunmen.
Haruna, a driver and member of the National Union of Road and Transport Workers was said to have been killed by men who had trailed him with a red Bajaj Motorcycle, around 5:30am at Ake roundabout, very close to the Palace of the Alake of Egbaland.
An eyewitness disclosed that the unidentified men numbering about three on the bike, crossed the vehicle, a Mitsubishi space wagon, marked Lagos EG 387 EKY, and dragged him out of the car before shooting him on his side.
The father of the deceased, Mr. Rasak Kehinde, told newsmen that he was contacted few hours after his son was murdered in cold blood by the Police in Oke-Itoku Divisional Headquarters that Haruna was killed in an accident but was later informed that he was murdered.
The 33-year-old man was lowered into the grave at at his fatherâ€™s house, Lukotun Compound, Ijeja in Abeokuta
According to the wife of the deceased, Sakirat Kehinde, â€œHe (Haruna) left home at about 5:00am and told me he was going to Asero motor pack where he works. But I was shocked when I was told he was shot this morning. My husband never fought with anybody.â€
Officials of the NURTW, who spoke with Vanguard, advised the Ogun State Government to ban the local gin sellers, saying their activities were aiding criminals who normally operated on Okada.
The Chairman, Ijaye Park, Mr. Wasiu Jimoh, said,Â â€œwhen Okada riders were banned recently, we knew that those who sell paraga too should be disallowed. When you go out very early you will see these boys who have no job drinking hot drinks.
â€œGovernment should help to bar them from opening their shops because those who kill with okada usually hide in their shops before perpetuating their evil deed.â€
Jimoh, who described the killing as unfortunate, urged security agents to beef security in the Gateway State.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Command, Mr. Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident, said the police would look into the matter. Adejobi said, â€œwe cannot say yet if it was assassination or cult clash; it will be premature. Until we investigate the matter, we cannot conclude.”Â I want to assure that the police will investigate the matter.â€