Police arrest nine over killing of NURTW leader in Ibadan

The unit chairman of the Agbeni branch of the NURTW in Ibadan was murdered last Sunday.

he Oyo State Police Command said it has arrested nine suspects in connection with the murder of Rafiu Adebayo, the unit chairman of the Agbeni branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in Ibadan.

Mr. Adebayo, also known as Ola Ruffy, was murdered at Apaana, Foko area, a few meters away from his house on Sunday.

His murder marked a break away from the relative peace that reigned in Ibadan, the state capital in the last two years.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for the state, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor, who disclosed the arrest to PREMIUM TIMES, said the police swung into action immediately the incident was reported.

She explained that the suspected mastermind of the attack, who was believed to be behind the mask tagged Ekugbemi masquerade, is still on the run.

“We like to advise him to turn himself in now because he can only hide, he cannot run away. We will fish him out soon if he refuses to show up,” Okuwobi-Ilobanafor, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said.

The suspects had used the cover of the ongoing egungun festival to perpetrate their act.

The deceased had gone to Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (formerly Liberty stadium) on Sunday afternoon to watch the ram competition.

While returning around 4.30 p.m., he rammed into the crowd of one of the popular masquerades in Ibadan, Iponriku, where hoodlums took advantage of the rowdiness to attack him close to his house.

He was said to have been stabbed him on four different areas of his head and was allegedly shot on the thigh.

One of his associates tried to rescue him but was also attacked.

Mr. Adebayo passed away at a nearby hospital where he was rushed to for treatment.

His remains were deposited at the Oke-Ado hospital, Ibadan shortly after being confirmed dead by the medics attending to him.

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