By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Tragedy struck Friday night as the Personal Assistant to ex-Governor Segun Oni of Ekiti state,Mr.Bunmi Ojo and two others were reportedly gunned down by unknown persons at a football viewing centre in Adebayo area along Iworoko road in Ado-Ekiti,the Ekiti state capital.
However,the two other persons said to have been killed by the unknown gunmen are yet to be identified.
A source told journalists on Saturday that six armed men invaded the football viewing centre and shot Ojo who was a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and two others.
According to the source,Ojo was shot in the head and stomach and his body has been deposited at the morgue of the Ekiti state University Teaching Hospital(EKSUTH) in Ado-Ekiti.
While the incident has thrown the political camp of ex-Governor Segun Oni into deep mourning as people are beginning to read political eaning to the incidence
The Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO),Ekiti state Comand,DSP Caleb Ikechukwu could not be reached to confir the killing as he refused to pick the calls to his phone by our correspondent.
However,the All Progressives Congress(APC), in Ekiti State has lamented the gruesome killing of Comrade Bunmi Ojo describing it as a brutish end to a blossoming life and career.
In a release by the Publicity Secretary of APC, Rt Hon. Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party rued the untimely death of its chieftain and called on the security operatives to fish out the perpetrators without delay.
Olatunbosun described Bunmi Ojo as a personal friend and an amiable personality who would not hurt anyone.
He said Ojo’s death was a grave personal loss to him and everyone who had been close to him.
“Those who knew Bunmi (Ojo) cannot but liked him, he was an easy-going and upright politician who cultivated friendship in both high and low places, which endeared him to many people”, said the APC Publicity Secretary, adding that his cold death could not be far from political machinations and the assailants tools of a devilish politician in the state.
“We will not rest until the assailants are fished out. This is a test of efficiency for the police and other security operatives,” Olatunbosun moaned.
Meanwhile,the Media Office of Ekiti State Governor-Elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has commiserated with the family of the member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bunmi Ojo, who was Friday evening killed by gunmen in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.
The late Ojo, who was a member of the Federal Character Commission, was watching a football match with other soccer fans in Adebayo area of the state capital when assailants opened fired on him.
In a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity, Wole Olujobi, Fayemi expressed shock and sadness over the late Ojo’s murder, saying that the killing of the late politician was a sad commentary that shattered the relative peace the state had enjoyed after the July 14 governorship poll.
While commiserating with the family of the late politician, Fayemi charged security agencies to live up to their responsibility to get to the root of the killing and bring perpetrators to justice.
The Governor-Elect, who noted that he had known Ojo at a younger age as an activist with vision and commitment to human development, said:
“This is a sad development that should not be allowed to go away without getting to the root of this killing, but then the public must give security agencies chance to do their job to get to the root of this sad development and security agencies are enjoined to swing into action to apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime to check the activities of criminals in Ekiti State.
“This is the minimum responsibility the security agencies owe the public so that Ekiti people can live in peace without any threat to the security and peace of the state.
“While commiserating with the family of the deceased and entire members of APC, we pray God to grant him eternal rest, ” the statement concluded.
Also,the Ekiti State Government while condemning the killing of Mr. Bunmi Ojo charged police and other security agencies to fish out his killers and bring them to justice.
In a statement issued on Saturday, by the Special Assistant to the State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the government condoled with the families, friends and political associates of the deceased, praying that God in His infinite mercies will console and uphold his wife and children.
“The manner in which Bunmi Ojo, a commissioner in the Federal Character Commission and strong ally of Chief Segun Oni was killed is a demonstration of the extent some devilish people can go to settle scores with their fellow men and the security agencies must not add this gruesome murder to the diary of unresolved murders in Nigeria.
On the part of the State Government, all necessary assistance will be provided for the security agencies to aide thorough investigation of the murder and arrest of the perpetrators,” the government said.
The State government, which called for vigilance among residents of the State, lamented that the peace enjoyed in the State since Governor Ayodele Fayose assumed office on October 16, 2014 had been shattered since May this year that the APC returned with its do-or-die politics.
“The State was peaceful until May 5, 2018 when members of the APC openly disrupted the party’s primary election, with gunshots. This was after Olalekan Taiwo, aide of one of the APC governorship aspirant, Dr Oluwole Oluleye had been shot on May 4.
“The violence at the APC primaries was followed up by the shootings at the party secretariat during a reception organized for Dr. Kayode Fayemi, which left Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele and six others injured as well as invasion of the State with thugs during the July 14 governorship election.
“It has therefore become necessary for Ekiti people to be vigilant especially now that the political environment is expected to be confronted with the case filed by Chief Segun Oni against Dr. Fayemi, challenging his eligibility to contest the APC primary as well as the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola at the Tribunal.”