How 38-year-old Ondo businessman killed over cigarette lighter

Unknown gunmen have killed a 38-year-old businessman in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Boxing day.

The deceased identified as Babatunde Adeluka, also known as Tunde Olubasa among his friends, was shot dead at Helena Hotel where he had lodged at Ijapo in Akure.

It was gathered that the assailants numbering about three tracked the victim to the hotel, located some few meters from the Police Zonal Command in the state as well as the Ijapo Police Station.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident, saying it was a case of assassination.

Ikoro who maintained that the Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami, has ordered a full investigation into the incident, affirmed that police operatives were on the trail of the fleeing assailants.

He said, “I went there myself. By 4:00 I was already there. We’ve commenced investigation trying to track down who came to kill that guy.

“It’s an assassination. At the time it happened, there was nobody there, except the bar girl. The bar girl said they came in three, already waiting.

“The deceased lodged in that hotel and went out at some point, came back and left again. By the time he came back, the assailants were already at the bar drinking. When he came back, he went into his room, took a bottle of wine and then called for a bottle of soft drink from the bar

“When he got to the bar, the three guys asked a lighter from him to light their cigarettes and he said no. It was at that point they pulled out their guns and shot him. The assailants left the hotel when he gave up the ghost.

“We’re on their trail right now. The Commissioner of Police has ordered a full investigation into the incident. To us, we’re are thinking it’s an assassination. But the investigation will unravel all that happened,” he added.

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