A gang of eight armed robbers yesterday killed a 47-year-old man, Rasheed Babatunde Bolarinwa, in Osogbo, the Osun State capital. They also shot a Divisional Police Officer (DPO). The late Bolarinwa was the husband of a popular hotelier, Yetunde, in the ancient town.
The hoodlums shot him in the head at close range and the DPO at another location in the town as he attempted to obstruct their operations. A family source, who claimed to have witnessed the attack, said the bandits entered the hotelier’s compound near Akindeko Street in Alekuwodo, Osogbo at 1am.
The source, who spoke in confidence, explained that the family was watching a movie when the robbers stormed the home. The eyewitness said the hoodlums cut a security wire gauge and broke the main door into the flat inside a semi-detached bungalow. The source said: “Our daddy (the deceased) was woken up from sleep by the hoodlums’ arrival. He quickly came out of the room to await them in the sitting room. Our mummy also had placed the money they came for on the table, ready for them to pick since they have always been coming to collect money from us.
“The robbers spoke in Yoruba. They were shouting and issuing orders. They asked daddy to sit down on a sofa while they carried out the operation. As one of them was about stepping out of the door, he shot daddy at close range in the head. “Other robbers blamed him, saying there was no need for killing anybody since we had cooperated. They rushed out of the street, shooting and asking the neighbours not to dare come out or else they would be killed.”
Last Easter, it was learnt, the robbers came to the home of the hotelier and broke her husband’s head with their shoes before they carted away a huge sum of money. The money was said to be the proceeds from the day’s sales at their Yetty Restaurant and Yetty Guest House at Odi-Olowo in Osogbo. The family source said the deceased was able to identify one of them and reported to the police. But the suspect was said to have been released because the police said there was not enough evidence linking him to the robbery.
Bolarinwa’s body was yesterday deposited at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital morgue in Osogbo. The injured DPO was also rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Efforts to speak with Police Commissioner, Mrs. Kalafite Adeyemi were unsuccessful. She neither picked her calls nor replied to a text message sent to her cell phone.