I'm pained we had no child- Widow of businessman killed by soldiers

THE PUNCH Newspaper-Eniola Akinkuotu

Olaitan Ehindero, the wife of Niyi, a businessman allegedly killed by soldiers attached to the OP MESA, an army policing unit, in Mushin on Thursday, has expressed regret that her six years marriage to her husband did not produce any child.

Olaitan, who spoke to our correspondent amid tears at the slain man’s family house at Ikeja, said, “Niyi (Ehindero) did not deserve to be killed in such a brutal manner, he was neither a criminal nor a thug.

“His mother and grandmother are still alive. He was only 39 years old. We had been married for six years and it pains me that we had no child yet. I have now been made a widow at my young age.”

Describing the relationship she had with her husband and his personality, Olaitan said, “Niyi was very jovial and friendly and I loved him dearly. In fact, it still seems like a dream to me. He was not into any kind of shady business.

“He was into transport business and his main office was at Apapa but he had many customers at Mushin, that was why he frequented that area.

Family and friends also gathered at the family house to condole with Olaitan, who continued to weep profusely.

A family friend, who wished to be identified simply as Funke, said the wife of the deceased was still in shock and had not been able to come to terms with reality.

She said, “Since last Thursday, when the incident occurred, Olaitan has neither eaten nor slept. We have given her all kinds of drugs including Valium and Lexotan which are sedatives but she has not stopped crying and we fear for her health.

“How can soldiers, who are constitutionally charged with the duty of protecting human lives cut short the life of a promising young man? It’s so unfair.”

Metro learnt that the deceased was raised in Ibadan, Oyo State, where he attended Alafia Nursery and Primary School and proceeded to Emannuel College where he spent one year before relocating to Lagos with his family.

In Lagos, he went to Apata Memorial High School, Isolo.

Niyi, it was learnt, did not proceed to university to further his education but went into fashion designing with his mother before he started transport business.

Meanwhile, a human rights group, the Centre for Ethics, Democracy and Development has condemned the murder of the 39-year-old businessman.

In a statement signed by its General Secretary, Gbenga Soloki, on Sunday, the group noted that the alleged killing by the soldiers was condemnable, saying there was no justification for killing a defenceless man.

Soloki said, “The death of Mr. Niyi Ehindero by a soldier attached to OP MESA is condemnable, barbaric and unwarranted in sane climes. A trigger-happy soldier on Thursday just shot dead a defenceless Nigerian and our findings revealed that the soldier was under the influence of drugs.

“This murder must not be added to the legion of unresolved murders in the country. It’s on this note that CEDAD is calling on Inspector General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, and commander of the 9th Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Yakubu Mu’azu, to fish out the killer for prosecutions.

“Conclusively, CEDAD also promised to work with the family to ensure that justice is done in this matter by ensuring the killer-soldier is made to face the full wrath of law..”


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