Itunuoluwa Adesitmi is the son of ICT Consultant Mr. Michael Adesitimi, who was recently murdered at his residence in Okuta Elerinla Quarters, Akure, Ondo State. The young graduate tells Peter Dada The circumstances surrounding his father’s death, confirming that he and his mother now live in fear
be You are the first child of the late Mr. Michael Adisitimi?
I’m his first son.
what do you do for a living?
I just finished Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.
Where were you the day of the attack that led to your father’s death?
On that day, I was with a friend of mine, and we had finished my studies at the same high school in the Al-Agpka extension district. My mum called me around 11:30 am and told me that the police had brought her with my dad to the Teaching Hospital of the University of Medical Sciences, Akure. She said my father died. I rushed outside and got a bike to take me to the hospital, and upon arriving at the hospital, I met my dad in a pool of blood.
What did your mother say that happened to your father?
She said they were home about 7.30pm on a Saturday, and she went to the kitchen, made dinner, ate, and later went to the living room watching TV. I think they heard a knock at the gate and my dad went out to check who was there. We used to have a guard but he left. He said his wife had given birth to a child and left.
When my father came out, my mother tried to peek out the window to see who was knocking on the door. I know very well that my father was very security conscious and wouldn’t have opened the gate to anyone only if he couldn’t tell whose voice it was. We have all become especially security conscious after my younger sister was murdered in January of this year. The attackers jumped through the window to kill her. So, since then we have always been security conscious. Since that incident we have walked around the house three times, checking to make sure no one is around.
In fact, I no longer stay with them. My father and mother were left alone. I only come to visit them every now and then. So, that night, my mother said that my father opened the gate and did so at once, the people at the gate entered forcefully and surrounded him. One was carrying a pistol and the other was carrying a briefcase.
How many of them has your mother seen?
She said she saw two people but could not see their faces because of the distance and because it was at night. She said as they approached the door of the house, they were asking my father, “Where are the documents?” Immediately hearing it, she had to walk on tiptoe to the backyard by the back door and jump over the fence to escape to our neighbors compound. When I got to the other side, I alerted the neighbors, and they called the police immediately. Some policemen came but did not enter the house. They took my mother to the Okuta Ilerinla police station, which is near our house, to get her statement. When they got back to our house, the attackers had already left. They found my father in a pool of blood. He was hacked to death by these people.
What documents do you think the attackers were requesting from your father?
My father does not have any home in Akure. The only place we have document issues with someone is Ibadan. My father was in Ibadan last month where he submitted the documents at the office of the state commissioner in charge of land. My father made a C of O. The government justified our case in Ibadan; They said we are the rightful owner of the land. My father called me the week before the attack and said he was looking for N600,000 so the government could destroy everything built on the land. We learned that someone had already sold the land to someone else, which is why my father and mother went to Ibadan in September. Since then, they have been at home, trying to find the money that the government has demanded to put things in order. Recently, people from Ibadan contacted us to say that they have started working on the land. Land along the Eleyele-Sango Road.
Have you visited Earth too?
Of course, yes, but I can’t go to Ibadan now. We have people out there helping us with this issue and the government has already taken over the land.
Other than the land issue, do you think your father had any disagreement with some people?
I don’t know if my father had problems with any family or friends because he did not discuss family issues with me. One thing I do know is that my dad wouldn’t open the gate if he didn’t recognize or know who was there. There must be someone among the helpers my father knows or gets to know before he decides to open the gate.
What steps did the police take in the case?
I think they are delaying things. We didn’t hear anything serious from the police. I want them to take this seriously and I want the government to help us because they (the killers) are after us and we don’t know who their next target is.
My younger sister and father were killed this year in similar circumstances. All responsibilities are now on me. How do I deal with it? What do they want me to do? When I go to the police, they will ask me to bring this and that. The police are not taking the necessary steps. These people (the killers) are not ready to stop because they are after something that I know they haven’t got yet. I know my father wouldn’t have given them what they were looking for.
Nobody has any documents. The documents are with the government, so I don’t know what to look for. I don’t know who works hand in hand with them. I don’t know what I want to do again; I called all I could. We just need the government and the security services to do something about this because this is a serious matter. My sister’s murder case was in January 2022 and now my father in October 2022. We live in fear now. We want justice; We want protection.
What did the police find out about your sister’s murder?
In the state CID here in Akure, they said they arrested two people and said these people are in jail but these suspects still claim they don’t know anything about it, even though they (the police) caught them with my sister’s phone. They claimed to have seen the phone on the road. We were able to track it using the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) on the phone.
Did the attackers take anything from your house the night they killed your father?
They didn’t take anything. They did not loot the house. They didn’t take my father’s phone; The phone is with me. My father prevented them from entering the house because he did not want them to get to where my mother was, not knowing that my mother had come out the back door at that time.
Do you think your father struggled with the attackers?
Yes, that is what happened. They caught him and stabbed him. There were no gunshot injuries. Stab. He had a wound in his mouth. There were about seven machetes cuts on his head and one on his face.
What kind of person was your father?
My father was a smart, strong and hardworking man. He was also a sincere, God-fearing man. No one will fight. Since I grew up to know my father, he has not been involved in any shady deal. He was a reliable man who never lied about anything. Focus on whatever he wants to do.
What was his profession?
He was a farmer. He was self-employed, and at home he had his own farm, which is located on three plots of land. He had his farm, rabbits and chickens at home. He was also an ICT consultant and computer engineer. He fixed people’s faulty computers. It was not in politics.
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