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Murder: Police, family differ on prosecution of Khadijat Oluboyo’s killer



Murder: Police, family differ on prosecution of Khadijat Oluboyo’s killer

 …as friends, varsity mourn



The Ondo State Police Command has said delay in charging Adeyemi Saidu (Alao), the prime suspect in the murder of Khadijat Oluboyo, daughter of immediate past deputy governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, to court is due to the uncooperative attitude of the parents of the deceased. The police said parents of Khadijat, who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend, have not volunteered a statement to the investigators. According to Mr Femi Joseph, the police spokesman, “the family is not cooperating. They did not give a statement to the police. But we have directed the investigators to go the family to obtain the statement.”

However, if the stand of the deceased’s father is anything to go by, the police might not get any statement soon as Oluboyo said he was not interested in the prosecution of the case having left judgement in the hands of God. Speaking on the matter, Oluboyo said: “To me, I don’t want him prosecuted. If they prosecute him, will it bring her back? The government has intervened and would do the necessary thing, but to me, I don’t need anything. If the government wants to prosecute, it should pros-ecute. But if they ask me for my opinion, God’s judgement is more than all humans’ verdict. That is my belief.”

However, he added: “The danger is that if you allow him to go scot free, he would do it again because the desperation is there that he wants to get rich. That is my only fear. In the religious aspect of it, if he can sincerely repent, that is ‘if’ because of what is going on in our environment. The desperation to get rich quickly is too much.” Also, the PPRO said the postmortem report on Khadijat has not been released, adding to the delay in charging Adeyemi to court. He, however, said the culprit would be charged to court next week (Monday). Meanwhile, friends and colleagues of Khadijat have described her as a friendly young woman who would be missed by all.

The friends, who are mainly from the state-owned Adekunle Adekunle Ajasin, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) organised a candlelight procession at the university campus where they rained curses on her killers and demanded justice for the deceased Khadijat, a 400-level student of AAUA was allegedly killed by Adeyemi for ritual purposes in the oneroom apartment he occupies in his father’s house located at the Oke- Aro area of Akure, the state capital.

However, Adeyemi has denied being responsible for the death, saying Khadijat brought two men who killed her to his room on Monday. The Student Union Government (SUG) of AAUA said bringing the killers of their colleague to justice was the only thing that can assuage the feelings of the students thrown into mourning by the sudden death of Khadijat.

The SUG president, Mr Temitayo Eyinla, said although the family has the final decision on what to do with the case, they are of the view that the law must take its course, saying “nobody is above the law.” According to him, the students’ body had visited the family while noting that the large turnout showed how much the students loved her. Similarly, a delegation of the university’s management has visited the family of the deceased to commiserate with them over their daughter’s death. Led by the Dean of Students, Prof. Francis Gbore, the management delivered a letter of condolence to the family in which Khadijat’s death was described as a great loss not only to the family but to her friends, colleagues and the school as an entity.

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