Gunmen suspected to be hired assassins have killed a 41-year-old banker, Tunde Kolawole, on Jenny School Road, Ekete Waterside, in theUdu Local Government Area of Delta State.

Kolawole, a father of three, was killed on Sunday about 9pm while returning home after holding a private meeting with some friends.

Our correspondent learnt that the deceased, who worked as a customer service officer of a bank in Effurun, in the Uvwie LGA, was murdered less than a kilometre away from his home. A family source on Monday said the family suspected a foul play in the manner the deceased was killed, pointing out that his assassins did not collect the money he had on him, but only made away with his mobile phone.

He said the victim was stabbed in stomach, neck and other parts of the body by the hoodlums who left him in a pool of blood. He added that Kolawole died before help could reach him.

The source said, “At about 7pm, my brother got a call from a church elder to a private meeting. Later, at about 9pm, someone told me that a man had been killed on the street.

“I called my brother on the telephone, his phone rang, but another person picked the call and said the owner of the phone was dead, adding that I should not call the number again. I rushed home, where I was told that his corpse had been taken to the Ovwian/Aladja Police Station. We rushed there to identify his corpse before the police deposited it in the morgue.”

The spokesman for the Delta State Police Command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the incident, saying some suspects had been arrested in connection with the killing.

He added that investigation into the killing was still on, assuring the family that anyone connected with the killing would be brought to book.

Meanhwile, Some unidentified gunmen have killed the Chief Imam of Egbeta Mosque in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.

It was learnt that the cleric, identified as Mallam Saka Afolabi, was on his way to the mosque when he was confronted by three men, suspected to be assassins, who shot him dead.

He was said to have been shot at a close range in the presence of two of his sons.

One of his sons, Mutiu, explained that the assailants came on a motorcycle on Saturday and identified his father before killing him.

He said, “We were going to the mosque when three boys came on a motorcycle. One said, ‘This is the man. They shone a torch at our faces and shot my father.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Nkombe, confirmed the incident on Monday.

Nkombe said those identified in the murder would be invited to the police command for questioning.

He said while investigation had commenced, personnel of the homicide department had been directed by the state police commissioner to apprehend the killers.

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