Passenger strangles motor bike rider to death

An Okada rider identified as Apetesi, was reportedly killed by a passenger, Toyin Ajakaye, who buried him in an a grave in Agbado-Ekiti in Gboyin local government area of Ekiti state.

According to the wife of the deceased, Omoniyi Funmilayo, she said her husband was not sick on the day he met his sudden death.

According to her, “my husband was not sick, he woke up in the morning that day and went to his okada work (commercial motorcycle riding) as usual within the town. It was later told that Toyin Ajakaye requested his service to take him to his farm near Ode-Ekiti—the neighbouring community.

“When they got to the farm close the factory of Senator Gbenga Aluko, the suspect, on his arrest, confessed that my husband wanted to drop him by the roadside, but he pleaded with him to take him into the farm a little. As my husband did, he now put rope to his neck from behind and pulled it up to his death. Then he went ahead and buried him in an already dug grave on the farm.”

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Omo Edema, the reporter asked the woman if she had ever noticed her husband involving in any disagreement or unsmooth discussion with his killer before or whether his husband belonged to any secret society, she said no.

“Toyin Ajakaye is from Arigidi-Akoko in Ondo State. Though he also live in this community, but I could not remember him and my husband were friends or enemies. My husband was an easy-going person and a friend of all. He was not a rich man though we have two houses; one in Ado-Ekiti and another one here in Agbado where we were living together with our children until his demise. He built these two buildings with the proceeds from his Okada business. He did not belong to any secret society. He had been doing Okada for many years”, she said.

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Reacting to the incident, the Regent of Agbado-Ekiti Kabiye (Mrs.) Ojo Oke said the community was not happy with the ugly incident.

“This community is not happy with this incident. Agbado-Ekiti had been a peaceful town. There was a time it was reported that the suspect involved in this gruesome killing was caught in the act of stealing in the neighbouring community and he was arrested. He was remanded for many weeks before we later began to see him on the streets again.

“This time we appeal to the relevant authorities to look critically into this matter. We want justice, we don’t want him back to our community. We are a people known for peace before this incident”, the Regent demanded.

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Meanwhile, an Ado-Ekiti Magistrate’s Court has reportedly ordered that Toyin Ajakaye be remanded in prison custody till October 16.

Source: Mercy Babs Communication

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