Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
Tragedy struck over the weekend in Ilorin, Kwara State’s capital, as a lifeless body of a 300 level student of Nassarawa State University, Mr. Yusuf Mubarak, was discovered in a pool of blood.
Mubaarak, a new media journalist and a native of Ilorin, was said to have been seen around the Federal Secretariat area, Federal Road, Ilorin, Kwara State last Wednesday.
He was later declared missing on Friday and fliers were made in a bid to search for him.
However, his lifeless body was eventually located around the Unity Area of Ilorin on Saturday’s evening and has been buried according to Islamic rites in Ilorin amidst tears and wailings from friends, family and associates.
Reacting to the incident, the Kwara State Governor, Mr. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, described the death as shocking and one under hazy circumstances, saying that it must be investigated by security agencies.
In a statement that was issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Rafiu Ajakaye, the governor expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of Mubaarak, his friends, and all the youth constituencies in the
The statement reads: “The governor, himself a father, strongly condemns the cowardly violence meted to the lad and demands immediate and thorough investigation into the death of the promising chap to arrest and bring his assailants to justice.
“No resources should be spared to get justice for Mubaarak and his family. We charge the security agencies to cast their nets as widely as possible to answer all pending questions around his painful death.”
Also, the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, has described the dastardly incident as shocking and barbaric.
The party, however, called on AbdulRazaq to return home from Abuja so that he could focus more on the serious business of governance that is already suffering serious negligence.
A statement issued in Ilorin by the Kwara State Chairman of PDP, Hon. Tunde Muhammad, and signed by the state publicity secretary of the party, Mr. Olusegun Adewara, described the death of 27-year old Yusuf Mubarak as an irreparable loss to the state.
The statement reads: “Our party commiserates with the bereaved family at this trying moment and also mourns with friends, school mates and associates while praying God to grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
“In our mourning state, we strongly condemned the unfortunate resurgence of cult killings and gang violence across the city of Ilorin, an issue that had long been forgotten before 2019.
“This cold-blooded murder of Mubarak by suspected cultists is a sad reminder of the severe damage that this menace is inflicting on our state.
“In Kwara State, cult killings are on the rise and criminal gangs have become bolder, killing, maiming and destroying property of rival gang members and innocent citizens alike.
“This is not to even talk of banditry and kidnapping that have put all rural dwellers in Kwara under serious fear and siege and with the government turning deaf ear to public outcry.
“We, therefore, appeal to Mr. Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq to return home from Abuja, where he seems to have relocated the Kwara State’s capital, so he can focus more on the serious business of governance that is already suffering serious negligence especially insecurity.”