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Robbers kill driver of governorship aspirant in Ibadan

19 July 2013, 15:48

Ibadan - A driver to Ayo Arise, a governorship aspirant in Ekiti State,  Nasir Saliu, was on Thursday confirmed dead  after being shot  by armed robbers in Ibadan.

The News Agency of   Nigeria (NAN) gathered that   the cousin of  the driver,  who was simply identified as Moshood, was also injured in the attack.

NAN learnt  that the duo had travelled from Ado-Ekiti to  Ibadan on Wednesday  to buy a fairly used car.

They were said to have been trailed by the hoodlums to a branch of a new generation bank where they had gone to withdraw money for the purchase.

The robbers were said to have shot him and his cousin before making away with the N650,000 he had withdrawn from the bank.

The spokesman of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, where the victims were taken to, Ayodeji Bobade, confirmed the death of  Saliu.

He, however, said Moshood was still undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Arise, in an early reaction,  expressed shock at the killing  of  his driver.

"Nasir was like my own son. He had been my driver since 1999; 14 years ago.

"He left Abuja for Ado Ekiti on Tuesday so that he could pick me up at the Akure Airport on Friday.

"On Wednesday, he went to Ibadan to buy a car but was killed. I learnt he had N650 000 on him.

"On his way from the bank, he was attacked by armed robbers. They shot him and his cousin, Moshood, who came with him,’’ he said.

He called on the police to be alive to their responsibilities.

But the Oyo State Police Command, said that the  incident had not been reported to it.

The spokesperson of  the command,  Olabisi Ilobanefor, said such an incident could not have happened unnoticed. 

"As far as the command is concerned,  there is no report that his (Arise)  driver was attacked by armed robbers  in Ibadan,’’ she said.


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