Friday, September 2, 2016 2:42 pm
Unknown gunmen early on Friday assassinated Mr Niyi Pirisola, a former Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of Okitipupa Local Government Area in Ondo State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that Pirisola had just returned from a church programme at about 2.30 a.m. when the gunmen stormed his residence at Ilutitun in Okitipupa and killed him.
One of the residents who preferred anonymity told NAN that he was shot and killed while he was in the process of closing his gate.
“As he drove in and was about to close the gate, the gunmen opened fire on him and he died right at his gate.
“I think the gunmen must have been trailing him from the church because they shot him at his gate,’’ the resident said.
Reacting to the murder, Mr Solomon Bitire who succeeded Pirisola as the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, told NAN that he was shocked by the news.
“I was shocked to the marrow when I heard the horrible news; Pirisola died at the time he is most needed in the state politics.
“No one can query God, I pray for the repose of his soul, In fact, I was more than shocked when I heard the news; may God grant his soul repose and give his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,’’ Bitire said.
Meanwhile, Dr Olumide Akadri, the Chief Medical Director of the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Okitipupa told NAN that the body of the slain chairman had been deposited at the hospital’s morgue.
“I can confirm to you that Pirisola’s body has been deposited in our morgue since 5 a.m.,’’ Akadiri said.
The Divisional Police Officer in Okitipupa, Mr Mike Arinzeagu, had yet to confirm the incident as he had not responded to calls by NAN.
Pirisola, 52, chaired the caretaker committee from 2013 to 2015 and was survived by a wife and three children. (NAN)