How my father was killed in my presence — Slain landlord’s daughter

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By Monsuru Olowoopejo

THIRTEENyear-old, Omotoyosi Ojajune, daughter of the slain Lagos landlord, Samuel Adegoroye Ojajune, popularly called Koro Maya, has narrated how gunmen stormed their Itele-Maya community in Ikorodu Local Government and killed her father in her presence.

Omotoyosi, could not fathom why the gunmen murdered her father so gruesomely.

It would be recalled that the father of three teenagers had been residing in his house located at 1 Koro Ojajune Street, Maya, Ikorodu, when he was murdered between 10 and 11pm on January 12th ,in the presence of his eldest child.

Sources said that before their arrival at the home of Ojajune at about 11 pm, the gunmen had  attacked occupants of some other apartments.

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Recounting the gory tales of the gruesome murder of her  unassuming father, Omotoyosi, said that the gunmen came into their residences while the family was preparing to retire for the night.

In her words,”It happened around 10.00pm on January 12, 2017, I was watching television and also assisting my brother with his assignment, after which he went to rest then I sighted someone peeping through the window.

“I went to inform my mother twice but she was so tired and just concluded that I should go and sleep, the gunmen gained entrance into our house when I tried waking my daddy up.

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“The gunmen were five, while one outside asking us to bring out our phones, the others took my daddy outside, having shot him and he was still dragging with them, that was when one of them macheted him on his head and neck.

“One of them that slapped me was putting on a red cap and yellow jersey holding a gun while the other also wore a red cap, a black top and trousers with white trainers.

‘’My mother, siblings and I were so terrified that we could not do anything to help save my father. When they left my father was still breathing and wanted to tell my mum something but she was just moving up and down.

“We later ran into the bush at our backyard and went to our cousin’s house as we could not get any help from neighbours, the government should help my mother with job so that she can cater for our needs and pay our school fees.”

Murder of the family’s breadwinner

Disillusioned Mrs. Oluwafunke Ojajune, described her late husband as a very strong person, who loved everybody, a kind hearted man.

Speaking on what could have culminated in the murder of the family’s breadwinner, late Ojajune’s wife, a National Diploma, OND, holder in Business Studies, alleged that a man popularly known as Computer is the prime suspect, stating that he clearly felt threatened by her late husband’s clout and influence within the community.

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“We have been living here for the past nine years, this happening is unprecedented as my husband due to his closeness to Hon. Babajimi Benson was able to facilitate the deployment of soldiers to Maya owing to cult clashes prevalent there, now they have killed him and the soldiers have left, saying the person taking care of them is no more.

A sister of the deceased, Mrs. Esther Oshinjinrin (nee Ojajune), recounted the sorry tale of how his death has taken its toll on the family, because late Ojajune was somebody the family was dependent on.

“My brother would have turned 44 years old by September, those people who killed him have a link with a number of friends with whom he played till late that night, because one of them called to affirm if he was already back home before the unfortunate incident happened,” she said.

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