A businessman, Babatunde Adeluka have been assassinated by unknown gunmen on boxing day in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The 38-year-old who was also called Tunde Olubasa among his friends was killed at Helena Hotel where he had lodged at Ijapo in Akure.
The deceased who had earlier attended a function in Akure was trailed to the hotel where he lodged by a three man assailants.
Babatunde had arrived at the hotel from Akungba-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state, about 80 kilometres to the state capital but was shot dead at the bar of the hotel where he had gone to get a drink.
The incident was Confirmed by the the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro.
“I went there myself. By 4:00 I was already there. We’ve commenced investigation trying to track down who came to kill that guy.
“It’s an assassination. At the time it happened, there was nobody there, except the bar girl. The bar girl said they came in three, already waiting.
“The deceased lodged in that hotel and went out at some point, came back and left again. By the time he came back, the assailants were already at the bar drinking. When he came back, he went into his room, took a bottle of wine and then called for a bottle of soft drink from the bar.
“When he got to the bar, the three guys asked a lighter from him to light their cigarettes and he said no. It was at that point they pulled out their guns and shot him. The assailants left the hotel when he gave up the ghost.
“We’re on their trail right now. The Commissioner of Police has ordered a full investigation into the incident. To us, we’re are thinking it’s an assassination. But the investigation will unravel all that happened.”
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