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Why unknown gunmen killed 85-year-old Imam, Abduct landlord


The killing of an 85-year-old Islamic cleric, Kareem Olaiya and abduction of Scott Odum, a landlord in Halleluyah Quarters, Ibafo, Ogun State on Monday, July 25, 2016, after two hours raid of shops and houses by masked gunmen has thrown residents into bereavement.

The armed men stormed the area around 2 am on Monday, July 25, 2016, and left the families of Kareem Olaiya and Scott Odum in tears, while the whole community is cringing in fear.

One of the late Imam’s children escaped death narrowly as the gunmen hit him with the butt of a gun.

More saddening is the report of policeman filling up themselves to stupor, emptying three crates in front of the Ibafo Police Station at the expense of the security of the community.

Mr. Bode, another resident of Halleluyah Quarters who was attacked, explained: “I was having a vigil with my wife when I observed some movements around the house. I initially thought they were local vigilantes, but immediately I sensed they were militants, I quickly switched off my lights. However, they found their way inside the house and threatened to kill me if I made any phone call.

“The second man pointed a gun at me and asked me to lie down; I complied. While they were ransacking my property, one of them saw a logo and said I was a policeman. I told them it had nothing to do with the police. I quickly showed them my ID card to debunk the claim.”

Another child of the deceased Imam, Abdulganiyu, explained the incident and the actual cause of his father’s death. He said: “We were all asleep when we heard sporadic gunshots. Baba (Kareem) woke up from sleep and started panicking. He sat on a chair and soon slumped and died. He was killed by the shock of the sporadic gunshots.”

The wife of the abducted landlord, Scott Odum, is reported to still be in the hospital after the neighbourhood was attacked a week earlier.

The laxity on the part of the police is saddening and residents have cried out for more security measures to secure lives and properties within the area.

–           ‘Seyifunmi Adebote for

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