Unknown gunmen have snuffed life out of Muyiwa Babafumilayo Okpaleye, the son of one-time Military Administration of Ondo State, Brig.-Gen. Opaleye (rtd).
The dastardly act occurred at one Ify Joint in Adekunle Kuye, off Ikate Street, Aguda in Surulere, Lagos State, where the deceased had gone to unwind with friends.
The joint is popular for selling kovid tonic, the much touted local mixtures that cure COVID-19, but the assailants trailed the deceased, who lived on the Island, to the place and shot him dead.
Eyewitness account said that four assailants had arrived the scene in an SUV but only two alighted from the car and made for the target while the other two kept watch.
The masked men picked their target from the crowd and shot him dead while others scattered in different directions for safety.
After the assailants fled, one of the deceased’s friends, Kunle, with whom he had come to the joint in a Honda City Sedan, rushed back and bundled his friend’s bloodied body to the car and rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors confirmed him dead on arrival.
Thereafter, the matter was reported at Soloki Police Station, Aguda. Kunle was interrogated and made to write a statement and detained while Muyiwa’s body was taken to a morgue.
The case was transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba for further investigation.
Already, a crack team of homicide detectives at Panti has swung into action following marching orders from both the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu and DCP Yetunde Longe of the SCIID, who gave them 48 hours to unravel the mystery surrounding the dastardly act and arrest the perpetrators.
As at the time of going to press, police sources hinted that a breakthrough was imminent, as police authorities in Lagos are bent on getting to the root of the killing.