Man, 85, Clubbed To Death
Residents of Abiola Central Community, Moniya in Akinyele Local Government area of Oyo State were thrown into mourning on Tuesday, when an 85-year old man, Nasir Adigun, was allegedly clubbed to death by a young man, Mutiu Tiamiyu.
The octogenarian, who was physically impaired, was said to have been observing Tarawhi (Ramadan night prayer) on that fateful night when the suspect pounced on him.
It was learnt that the deceased was persuaded by his family members to observe the prayer at home, while other members of the household went to the mosque.
The attention of residents and worshippers in a nearby mosque were drawn to the old man’s plight by an anonymous teenager, who raised the alarm.
When the residents arrived at Adigun’s house, the old man was found in a pool of blood.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital and was later referred to the University College Hospital, Ibadan and he died before getting to the hospital.
According to an eyewitness account, who craved anonymity, Tiamiyu had eaten the deceased’s food earlier that night and later attacked him in his living room.
A family member said: “Pa Adigun was at home while we all went to the mosque for Tarawhi prayer. He had problem with his sight. We didn’t want to disturb him at night so he stayed at home while others went to mosque for prayer.
“All of a sudden, we heard a boy shouting Mutiu’s name. At first, we shouted the boy down but we later rushed to the scene because he persisted.
“On getting there, Baba was found lying helplessly on the floor in a pool of blood.
“The young boy, who lives next door to the deceased and refused to follow his parents to the mosque on that fateful night, said he saw Tiamiyu clubbing Baba over the head. He told us that he saw Tiamiyu beating the old man when he peeped through the window.”
Tiamiyu, who had earlier escaped, was arrested by the victim’s family around 7.20am on Wednesday while trying to escape with his dog. He was handed over to the police at the Moniya Division, Ibadan.
Some residents of the area described Tiamiyu as a thorn in their flesh, saying that he has been terrorising people in the neighbourhood.
When interrogated, Tiamiyu, before he was handed over to the police, said: “I was hungry and I asked Baba to give me money for food but he refused.”
Efforts to to speak with the police about the incident proved abortive as the Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Command, Mrs. Bisi Ilobanefor, could not be reached after repeated calls made to her telephone line.