New Year Murder: Residents of Abeokuta live in fear, trauma, relying on private security on estates

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The residents of the Ogun State capital, Abeokuta still live in fear and trauma following the gruesome murder of the Fatiloye’s family in the early hours of the year.

The victims, Mr Kehinde Fatiloye, a former senior staff of Central Bank of Nigeria, and wife Mrs Bukola Fatiloye, former staff of Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Ogun State, were murdered in a questionable manner by unidentified suspected arsonist in their residential apartment at the Ibara GRA of Abeokuta. The only son of the deceased, Oreoluwa was also taken away, later found dead at Ogun river 48hours later.

The siren estate is deserted days after the incident as many residents have relocated because of the trauma, especially those with aged parents and family members who know the victims.

The ugly incident has questioned the security architecture of the state capital, leaving many residents living in estates and Government Residential Areas to resolve to empowering of private guards to strengthen their security.

Days after the incident, residents of Ibara GRA and neighboring communities who are now living in fear, calling on government to unravel the circumstances that surrounds the incident.

Speaking with a security expert Dr John Asipa , said “if such can happen in such an area, it’s a sign that no where is safe in the state capital. The arsonists even drove some of their victims from Ibara to Ogun river and no security challenge them on the road at that hour of the day, it means something is not right with our security in this state.”

Our reporter who visited other estates in the state capital said security have been doubled shining their searchlight on anyone who is not a residence of the estate.

A visit to Olusegun Osoba GRA, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Estate, Oba Lipede GRA Onikoko, Okeata GRA, and other places show the people have taken the issue of security more serious with the incident.

The Ogun State Command of Nigeria Police Force said the perpetrators of the evil act will be brought to Justice. The force spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the command had commenced an investigation to unravel the mystery behind the death of the Fatinoyes .

Oyeyemi noted that a suspect had been arrested in connection to the incident.

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