An admission seeker, identified as Ibrahim Qudus, has been shot dead by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in Okanla community in Irepodun Local Government Area of Osun State.
It was also learnt that the gunmen also set the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, the Olokanla of Okanla, ablaze.
The tragic incident occurred on Sunday.
Speaking on the development, the deceased’s uncle, Jimoh Qadri, narrated that one man, identified as Naim, who was the only one who did not cover his face among the attackers, led them to the palace.
The man narrated that the gunmen left his house when they did not meet him at home, then headed to his late father’s palace.
On why the attack was carried out, Qadri said he doesn’t know their motives.
He said, “I was not at home, but my wife called me that gunmen numbering about 20 had stormed my house in Okanla area very early on Sunday. She told me they all covered their faces, but one of them bearing Naim did not cover his face and my wife saw him. The attackers were after me and they searched around the house.
“When they could not find me around, they vandalised the building and proceeded to my family house, where my late father, Olokanla of Okanla used as his palace. It was there they saw Qudus, a son to my elder brother, who was living in Ibadan, until he recently returned home to seek university admission, after writing UTME.
“He was killed and they put his corpse in my car parked within the premises and set the vehicle ablaze. They also set the palace ablaze. The reason behind the attack is not known to me. But it may not be unconnected to the tussle over land in our area. The family is pleading with the security agencies to ensure the perpetrators of this crime are apprehended.”
When contacted, the Osun Police Command spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, who said the Commissioner of Police, Kehinde Longe, had visited the scene of the crime, added that more operatives had been deployed to the area.
“Someone was burnt with a car around Okanla, the area is between Ifon and Ilobu. We have deployed our men to the area to forestall further breakdown of law and order. The Commissioner of Police has visited the scene,” Opalola stated.