By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Residents of Onala Area in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital were thrown into confusion Friday night as unknown gunmen murdered Hon. Deji Akerdolu,a councillor of Ward 9, Ado-Ekiti local government area of Ekiti state.
The deceased,who was one of the 177 elected councillor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) that were suspended by the State House of Assembly recently for alleged corruption.
He was also an aide to Mr. Deji Ogunsakin,the running mate of the Ekiti PDP gubernatorial candidate in the July 14 election,Prof. Kolapo Olusola.
Father of the deceased, Jacob Akeredolu, a 72 years old retiree, told journalists at his residence at the Bojuri area of Ado- Ekiti on Sunday that the victim had been buried on Saturday.
The bereaved father said that after the victim,who was his second son, was certified dead at hospital, policemen from OkeIla Division in Ado-Ekiti brought the remains to his house on Friday night.
The father,who described the slain son as breadwinner of the extended family, said: “Deji was an easy-going, kind-hearted and lovely son. I don’t know why this should happen”.
In a telephone chat with our correspondent,the PDP Deputy Governorship candidate during the July 14 Governorship poll in the State,Mr. Deji Ogunsakin explained that the incident occurred last night around10.pm at Onala area in Ado-Ekiti.
He described the deceased as an easy going person,saying it was a sad development.
Ogunsakin however decried the security situation in the state.
“The crime rate in the state is at alarming rate, within a week, four different killings of innocent people by bandits have occurred, another still happened in Ikere Ekiti.
“”The state governor ,Dr. Kayode Fayemi should ensure the situation is tackled.
“I am also calling the state commissioner for police CP Ahmed Bello to address the situation as Ekiti is no longer safe for the residents.
Mr. Ogunsakin while speaking with journalists on phone said though he was outside the State on official function decried the security situation in the state
He described the deceased as a vibrant young man full of energy
“He’s a man of many parts, trained, in fashion designing (tailoring) recently informed me he has even set up a fashion house, to engage his wife and himself, he doesn’t deserve such a painful death”
When contacted the Police public relations officer DSP Caleb Ikechuwu told journalists on phone on Sunday that he had not been properly briefed.
Ikechuwu said: “I’m yet to be briefed. Once I am briefed, I will let you know. I am not telling you that I am not aware, but I am yet to be properly briefed. This is my response as the PPRO of the state command”.
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