By Bose Adelaja
The youths were in a celebration mood and all was set for the 2013 carnival that was billed for Saturday, April 27 in Ilata-Ota, Ogun State. Days before, the town wore a new look and the town was well lit up, courtesy of the youths who had used everything at their disposal to ensure a successful carnival.
Also, the event committee had received donations from friends, well wishers and notable figures in the town. Unlike previous events, the 2013 edition was to feature notable artists and philanthropists who had given their consent to attend the event.
To make the occasion a colourful one, the youths purchased ‘aso-ebi’, and contacted a caterer who had assisted to purchase a cow. But the event never took place. Instead, a conflict took place on the eve of the carnival which sent a teenager Azees Salako to his early grave.
Problem started when the youths engaged some local drummers for a pre-event celebration on Friday April 26, where meetings were held after which all converged at a spot for celebration. According to an eye witness account, local gin and cannabis were freely served and some of the celebrants became drunk and there was division of interest.
Before anybody knew it, two teenagers, Azeez, and his friend, Kayode, were engaged in an argument which resulted in fisticuffs and Kayode ‘overpowered’. While this lasted, there were solidarity songs from Azeez’s supporters and Kayode was demoralised.
In order to vent his anger, he went for a broken bottle and stabbed Azzez. The victim slumped and began to bleed.
The youths disappeared one after the other and the victim was left in the pool of his own blood to die. An eye witness, Mr. Akintunde Ajani, told Sunday Vanguard Azeez’s mother warned him not to attend the pre-event celebration but he turned deaf ears to the warning.
The incident was reported at Sango division and some officers arrived the scene but the youths had fled leaving behind the corpse and the cow meant to be slaughtered on the D-day.
The police took the cow into custody and also packed some chairs meant for the event although investigation into the matter is ongoing and suspects arrested.
Contacted, the spokesperson for Olota of Ota, Prince Adeniran Ogunneye, blamed the development on lack of proper upbringing and broken homes.
Confirming the incident, Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, told Sunday Vanguard investigation was ongoing. ‘’We have three suspects with us at the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Eleweran for investigation,” he stated.