On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the Osun State Police Command has started a search for the murderers of a businessman, Lukman Owoade, in the Oke Ayepe area of Osogbo.
According to reports, Mr. Owoade before his murder was operating a sawmill in the Oke Baale area of the Osogbo, Osun State.
Before the ugly incident,the deceased had reportedly gone to thrift society meeting he belonged to and because it was his turn to collect the contributions, he had to wait for the meeting to end.
It was gathered that few minutes after Owoade was given the sum of N590,000, some unknown gunmen attacked the venue of the meeting, shot at him and also butchered him with machetes.
Speaking in anonymity, an eyewitness has told newsmen that the victim struggled with the gunmen for a while but he later slumped.
According to another eyewitness, “It was like watching a horror movie. We were all in the hall, where we were holding our thrift society’s meeting, when some men wielding weapons emerged and went straight to where Owoade sat.
“They shot at him and attacked him with machetes. We all ran in different directions and because the attack took place in the evening, the attackers escaped from the scene under the cover of darkness.
“From all indications, the attackers had foreknowledge that it was Owoade’s turn to collect the thrift contributions and they came for the money.”
Contacting the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Ige, said, “On Saturday, September 7, around 9.30pm, one Aranse Sikiru reported that while he and other members of the thrift society were holding a meeting at the Oke Ayepe area of Osogbo, some gunmen invaded the venue and shot the deceased.
“The complainant added that the attackers collected from Owoade the sum of N590,000 given to him at the meeting.
“Our operatives visited the scene and the victim was taken to the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, where he was confirmed dead by a doctor. The body was deposited in LAUTECH’s mortuary for autopsy.”
The State Commissioner of Police has assured that the efforts by the Police Command in search of the perpetrators would eventually lead to their arrest.