Oyo State House of Assembly member on the platform of the Labour Party, Honourable Gideon Aremu, who was on Friday night killed by gunmen, in Ibadan, Oyo State, was already making preparations for his doctoral degree graduation from the University of Ilorin.
Honourable Aremu, 42, holder of a Master of Science degree and ex-soldier from Oorelope State Constituency, was shot dead by the assailants who trailed him to his Alakia house, at about 9:00 p.m.
Sunday Tribune gathered that the assailants rode in motorcycles and only took the lawmaker’s two phones, leaving his car and the N65,000 he had with him.
The Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Musah Abdul-Wasi, who made the doctoral preparations of the slain lawmaker public to newsmen, said Aremu was already looking forward to his convoction in the university in October.
“It is regrettable he is not going to see that future. He was supposed to be conferred with a Ph.D. by the University of Ilorin,” he said.
It was gathered that the gunmen threatened to kill his wife, Bukola, who attempted to open the gate of the house for her husband to drive in.
The wife was said to have been terrified by the incident and went upstairs, watching and praying that the assailants would spare her husband.
It was gathered that the assailants waited for a few minutes to confirm that their target was dead before leaving on their okada.
Sunday Tribune gathered that Honourable Aremu’s wife was watching from the house how the three men on a bike accosted her husband to the street, ordering him to come down.
His wife was said to have heard her husband asking the assailants “what do you want?” but could not help.
He was later rushed to Toun Hospital where he was confirmed “Brought In Dead.” His corpse has since been deposited at the morgue of Adeoyo Hospital, Yemetu.
At the scene of the incident, which was a few metres to his house, the victim’s sandals and blood were still the ground as of Saturday morning when Sunday Tribune visited.
Family members were said to have called his telephone lines around 3:00 a.m., disclosing that though the calls went through, there was no response. The phones were later reported switched off after subsequent trails.
Honourable Aremu was the only opposition lawmaker in the Oke Ogun area, as his other nine colleagues are from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
There were conflicting accounts about whether the slain lawmaker attended the breaking of fast event held at the residence of former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala on Friday evening.
A text message was sent to all the 32 lawmakers inviting them to assemble at the car park of the Assembly complex on Friday where they would join Governor Abiola Ajimobi onward to Alao-Akala’s Bodija residence.
But speaking with Sunday Tribune, Chief Alao-Akala said although lawmakers accompanied Governor Abiola Ajimobi to his residence, Honourable Aremu was not among those who came.
The former governor said: “I was told the assailants did not take his car after they killed him. So, why was he killed? It is sad if politics has degenerated to the level where people have to kill to achieve their aim.
“It was a rude shock to me when I heard of his murder. He was cut at his prime. I am saddened by this development,” Alao-Akala said.
His unfulfilled wish
Sunday Tribune gathered exclusively that the slain lawmaker planned to celebrate his wife’s 40th birthday in grand style whenever she clocked the landmark.
His colleague from Ibadan North I Constituency, Honourable Olusegun Olayele, who disclosed this to Sunday Tribune from the United States, on Saturday, said the late lawmaker came up with the plan during his (Olaleye’s) wife’s 40th birthday.
“He told me he would celebrate his wife’s 40th birthday because he was impressed with how I celebrated my wife at 40. He said it was if though we were re-marrying.