Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
A 75-year-old man, Chief Moses Elutilo, the Akannare of Ile-Ido Ife, Osun State, was yesterday murdered by some masked men who invaded the venue where he was hold a meeting.
THISDAY gathered that the deceased, at about 8a.m. on Monday received a call that there would be a meeting at about 10a.m at Atagilere plank hall on Ondo road, Ile-Ife of which he was asked to attend.
The source noted that when the deceased got to the venue of the meeting at about 10a.m., he was asked to lead the opening prayer by one Yemi.
“As soon as he stood up to pray, he was immediately attacked by the masked men with dangerous weapons and smashed his head,” the source contended.
The deceased was said to have been immediately taken to a nearby hospital but suddenly gave up the ghost before he could be attended to.
THISDAY gathered that the deceased was the only and star witness in a land dispute before Justice A. A. Onibokun of the state High Court, Ile-Ife.
Elutilo’s death was announced to the court yesterday when counsel to the plaintiff in suit marked: HIF/16/2015 in a case involving Ido Reformation Committee versus Dr. E. B. Makusota and Prophet Sunday Oyebode, aka, Kind Solomon came up yesterday.
Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr. Albert Okuovara, informed the court that the star the only witness in the case had been murdered on Monday.
Justice Onibokun adjourned the case till July 13, 2016 to enable the plaintiff put its house in order so as to continue with the case.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Folasade Odoro, confirmed the murder of the 75-year-old man.
Odoro said the matter was under investigation.
She said autopsy would be carried out on the corps and circumstances surrounding the murder of the deceased.