83-year-old monarch strangled to death in Akure
An 83-year-old patriarch, Chief Dada Oyateru, the Ayalode of Akure Kingdom, has been strangled to death at his residence located at Oke-Ijebu area of Akure, the capital city of Ondo State, by unknown men.
According to his junior wife, Mrs. Titilola Oyateru, a group of three armed men broke into their house at around 1:00a.m. in the early hours of Tuesday, revealing that they entered the house through their late husband’s room after cutting the burglary proof upstairs and held them hostage for about four hours.
“They pointed a gun at baba, demanding for the money which he brought home last night. He pleaded with them that he didn’t have any money at home and usually didn’t keep money at home too, but they refused to yield to his begging, threatening that they would kill us if we didn’t give them money,” she said.
Titilola recounted that the deceased ought to have gone for his medical check-up at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo on Monday, but couldn’t go because he had no money on him as a result of the recent nationwide strike that paralyzed bank operations and other business transactions in the state.
“He begged them not to kill him, imploring them to go with his two cars; and promised to go to the bank the following day to withdraw money from his bank account. Baba begged them to point at wherever they wanted him to drop the money for them, but they insisted that they would kill him if he didn’t give them money that night.”
The junior wife narrated that the bandits tied the deceased with ropes and asked them to lie down with their faces to the ground, thereby pouncing on the octogenarian and stifled life out of him by twisting his neck.
She added that they ransacked the whole house, carting away valuables such as laptop, phones, jewelries and N35,000 cash, which she said was given to her through a cooperative society in town. They also escaped with the deceased’s red Toyota Camry muzzle car at exactly 4:30a.m.
The patriarch’s family remarked that they had no knowledge of threats, bitterness and rancour with anybody because the deceased was a peace-loving husband and father while on earth; and no traces of business deals with anybody far or near.
Attempts to reach the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, proved abortive, but The Guardian gathered that the command has visited the bereaved family and assured them of nabbing the culprits.
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