AN Ibadan businessman, Mr Adisa Onifade has petitioned the National Assembly to launch a probe into the killings of 25 Ibadan traders earlier this month allegedly by members of the Boko Haram sect.
Mr Onifade in the petition said he lost his cousin in the gruesome incident. According to him, he is calling on the National Assembly to launch a comprehensive investigation into the killing of the traders from Ibadan because of the circumstances in which they were killed. One of the traders, who according to reports did not immediately die from gunshots fired at him was later slaughtered.
“That could have been my cousin, Oladepo, who traveled with other traders but has not returned till date,”Mr Onifade said.
News reports indicated that traders from Ibadan, numbering about 25 traveled up north to Borno State where they had usually gone to buy agricultural produce which they then sold in markets in Ibadan.
One of the survivors of the attack, Taoheed Adewuyi recounted his ordeal, and attributed his survival to the grace of God:
“They stopped us along the way and asked us to come down from the car and lie down. Afterward, they started shooting us one after the other. I was the third person. I was also shot but the bullet did not hit me well. It was after an hour that I realized I was still alive,” he said.
Adewuyi added that one of them was slaughtered by a member of the gang that shot them, seeing that he was still breathing after being shot. Adewuyi was convinced the gang members were part of the Boko Haram sect.
Lamenting the loss of his cousin, Onifade queried: “How can one human being slaughter another like a goat?”
He urged the National Assembly as representatives of the people, the Police and other law_enforcement agencies to get to the root of the matter and solve the problems of insecurity in the country before things get totally out of hand.