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Six months after the murder of Gafar Adeoye by suspected cultists, a 30-year-old Philosophy student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, the family is still reeling in the pain of his death, which has produced no suspect.
At the moment, the family has accused the management of the institution of being insensitive and unhelpful in producing a witness to the crime, who might have information about the death of the young man.
Saturday PUNCH learnt some suspected cult members walked into the room of Gafar, in a building rented out to students in Oru-Ijebu on the night of October 13, 2015, and shot him in the chest with a pump action rifle.
He was said to have bled to death in the room while a friend of his (names withheld for security reasons) who was in the room during the attack, escaped unhurt.
Gafar’s family now insists that the witness, who is also said to be a student of Philosophy in the institution, might have information about the killers of his friend.
Gafar’s brother, Akeem, told Saturday PUNCH that all efforts to get the witness to the murder, to make a statement on the incident at the Department of Criminal Investigations, Eleweran, Abeokuta, where the case was later transferred, has been abortive.
“I went to OOU in company with policemen from the DCI, but the chief security officer still did not produce the student even though we had earlier been told that he would be handed over to the police to tell his own side of the story,” Akeem said.
He said that when the young man was invited to the Topan Police Division, Ijebu-Igbo, where the case had first been reported, he told the police in his presence that two people came into the room and shot Gafar. Since his first appearance at the police station, the witness has refused to reappear after the case was transferred to the DCI, Eleweran, Abeokuta.
But Akeem said various discrepancies in the narration given by the witness about what took place that day made them suspicious that he might have more information than he was letting out.
Akeem said the murder of Gafar, which has remained without any meaningful reaction from the OOU management, has devastated their widower father.
The body of the deceased has yet to be released to the family for burial.
Saturday PUNCH learnt after the death of Gafar, students of the institution protested, during which they threatened to burn down houses in the town of Oru-Ijebu.
The young man, who witnessed the murder told the police that the night before Gafar was killed, he had gone to the deceased’s room for a group reading.
Akeem said he did not believe that his brother was a cult member but explained that it was possible that he had offended some cult members who decided to come after him.
He said, “I know for a fact that my brother was a very gentle person who did not like trouble. I am the first born of my family and I actually finance his education through a daily money contribution. Why anybody would want him dead, I do not know.
“We have made several attempts to get his body released to us for burial but that the police have refused to do.”
Saturday PUNCH reached out to the spokesperson for the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Mr. Niyi Oduwole, he explained that the case is entirely within the control of the police and that the university has no responsibility in the investigation since the student was killed outside the campus.
Oduwole said, “I have not heard about the case until now. But since it happened in the town and not within the university campus, the university has no jurisdiction over the case. It is a criminal case that would be entirely handled by the police.
“I see no reason why anybody would expect the university to produce the witness when he is not living in the university. The police should take whoever is a suspect in the case into custody. The university can never shield anybody connected to such a case.”
Also, when the spokesperson for the Ogun State Public Relations Officer, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, was contacted, he pleaded for more time to find out from the investigating police officers in charge of the case about the status of the investigation.
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