Ogun state offers N50m bounty to capture finance director’s killers

OGUN state government has offered N50 million to anyone who could provide information that would lead to the arrest of the murderers of the state’s immediate past director of finance, Taiwo Oyekanmi.

This was contained in a statement by the state government on Friday, December 8.

“The Ogun state government has announced a reward of N50 million for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the killers of the state’s director of finance and administration, Mr. Taiwo Oyekanmi, on 30th November 2023, in Abeokuta. Information provided would be treated with utmost confidentiality,” the statement read.

On Wednesday, November 29, the state commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, confirmed that Oyekanmi was killed while returning from the bank by gunmen who ambushed a bullion van that he had been accompanying.

The bullion van was said to have been carrying about N112 million naira, and the assailants carted away an undisclosed sum.

The Director had been rushed to the state General Hospital in Ijaye, along with other aides who sustained gunshot injuries during the attack, but he died shortly after.

    Alamatu had later stated that the attack on the deceased was likely premeditated.

    Based on the nature of the attack, Alamatu disclosed that the assailants must have received prior information that Oyekanmi was headed for the bank to make withdrawals.

    “From the information we have, it is obvious that it was premeditated. It was an in-house (thing). We have this feeling because how did they know that they would need a hammer to break the receptacle?

    “And they must have been lurking around the bank area, waiting for the man, or he must have been trailed to that area, and they must have had information that he was going to take a large amount of money from the bank. So, we are working on it,” he said.

    Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via [email protected] or @ije_le on Twitter.

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