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GUNMEN KILL MIDDLE-AGED MAN IN AKURE

By NBF News

Gunmen kill middle-aged man in Akure
By Ayodeji Moradeyo
March 5, 2010 12:09AM
The car Mr. Adegbenro was driving when he was attached. Photo: NEXT

Barely 24 hours after a gang of armed robbers unleashed terror on Akure, the Ondo State capital, killing one person, a middle-aged man was shot dead in Ala area of Akure on Thursday by suspected assassins.

The gruesome murder, which happened around 1.30 pm, occurred few kilometers from the Ala Police Division.

The man, identified as Cyril Adengbenro, Managing Director of Cicon Oil, was dragged out of a Toyota Avenis car before he was reportedly shot by the assassins. Security sources said the killers trailed the victim from Lagos, before he was finally blocked at Akure metropolis and killed.

A witness, who spoke with NEXT, said the assassins smashed the glass beside the driver's side before dragging the man out of the car.

'After shooting their target, the men waited for few minutes to confirm that he was dead before driving away,' the witness said.

The body of the man was later taken to the State Specialist Hospital, while his car was driven to the Ala police station.

The public relations officer of the state's police command, Adeniran Aremu, confirmed the incident. He, however, said the command does not have enough information about the killer and the deceased as at the time of filing in the report.

'The command was already after the assailants, with a view to getting to the root of the matter,' he said.

Killed merchant
Last Tuesday, Dayo Ogunmolasuyi, a man in his early 40s, was also reportedly murdered by people suspected to be assassins. Mr. Ogunmolasuyi, a cocoa merchant based in Owo, was killed after he had collected a substantial amount of money from a commercial bank in Akure. He was shot at a close range at the first gate of Ijapo Housing Estate by six men who rode on motorbikes. The killers later escaped on their motorbikes, riding through Fiwasaye Road.