Suspected armed robbers have killed a middle-aged man, Bode Dagunro, in Igbokoda, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The deceased, who is a fuel marketer at the riverine area of Olotu community via Ugbonla, Igbokoda was murdered in cold blood at his residence by the assailants about 9pm on Saturday.
It was gathered that the gunmen also carted away the sum of two million naira from the deceased.
The deceased’s brother, Malo Olorunwa Francis, a staff of Niger Delta Development Company, NDDC, in Okitipupa, while speaking with Niger Delta Connect correspondent on Wednesday explained that a gang of robbers invaded the residence of the victim on Saturday around 9pm.
“They attacked him, shot him on the stomach and carted away the sum of two million naira.
“My brother was a fuel marketer. We rushed him to a private hospital in Igbokoda where he later died during the operation”, he lamented.
He further disclosed that the corpse has been deposited in the morgue at Igbokoda for autopsy.
A police source who confirmed the incident said preliminary investigation is in progress to track down the fleeing suspects, assuring that the perpetrators would be brought to book.
When our correspondent visited the area, residents of the community were in mournful mood, discussing in groups over the incident. However, every attempt to speak with them proved abortive as they declined comments.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State government says it is poised for a showdown with members of the Association of Tippers and Quarry Owners of Nigeria over recent sharp increase of sharp sand.
The state government has therefore banned the activities of members of the association in the state.
The position of the state government was made known at a press conference addressed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties and Strategy, Doyin Odebowale.
While decrying the high rate of extortion by the sharp sand dealers in the state, Odebowale, said government would not allow any association to extort the people of the state.
Already, members of the association have increased the price of sharp sand from N25,0000 to N60,000 per load. But Odebowale directed sharp sand dealers to revert to the old price or be ready to leave the state.
He said, ”Government will no longer condone the sharp practices and would not hesitate to arrest any erring members.
“Governor Akeredolu will not allow the sharp sand dealers to extort money from members of the public and make things difficult for the people.
Odebowale added that government has the responsibility to ensure that any form of hardship on the people is discouraged actively.
“To be specific, we are hereby asking those who say or claim to be members of Tipper unions or whatever association to leave our Quarries, to leave our state immediately”, he added.