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A former councilor of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) in Ward B of Oworonshoki, Lagos State, was brutally murdered by some thugs who claimed to be land owners (Omo Onile) on Saturday.

The deceased, Honorable Samsondeen Ali, was attacked by Nurudeen Suraju and Lukmon Taiwo, also known as Bobalabe, in his house at Aralamo Street, Oworonshoki, while he was trying to erect a fence around his building for security reasons. The assailants demanded that he pay them N5,000 before he could proceed with his construction. They hit him on the head and chest with a shovel and a plank, causing him to slump. He was rushed to Afolabi Medical Hospital in Suraju’s jeep, but Suraju fled the scene and abandoned his car at the hospital when the doctor advised that the victim be taken to another hospital.

The incident was witnessed by Mrs Ajanlekoko, the mother-in-law of the deceased, who said that the Omo Onile had been threatening and harassing her and her family since the demolition of their community. She said they beat her, attacked her spiritually, and now they have killed her son-in-law. She demanded justice from the government and called for the arrest and prosecution of the culprits. She said that Mrs Silifa, popularly known as Iya-Agan, is the elder sister of Suraju, who killed Hon. Ali.

Hon. Ali is survived by his wife and young children, who are still in school. Mrs Ajanlekoko lamented who would cater for the family now that their breadwinner is gone.

The police have launched an investigation into the case and vowed to bring the perpetrators to book.

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