Tears flow unrestrained from the eyes of thousands of market women and men in Ijebuland as the remains of the slain Iyaloja of Ijebuland, Alhaja Sadia Elewuju, arrived her Itorin – Sabo residence preparatory for burial according to Muslim rites.
The hearse bearing her remains was draped in white clothes pulled – up at her home by noon amid crowd of mourners and sympathizers who bemoaned the gruesome killing of the 82 years woman.
Security agencies who had earlier cordoned off the residence near Otunba Gbenga Daniel Estate, Itorin – Sabo area of Ijebu – Ode, had a hectic time trying to control sympathizers who kept wailing and cursing the suspected murderers.
The Nation gathered that the assailants struck when her male househelps were away to the market to buy food items for entertainment of guests ahead of the break of the Ramadan fast.
However, the Ogun state Police Command have vowed to arrest the killers of the 82 years old Iyaloja of Ijebuland, Alhaja Sadia Elewuju, and bring them to justice as a new Police Commissioner, Abdulmajid Alli, resumed on Thursday afternoon.
Alhaja Elewuju was said to have been attacked around 4pm am on Wednesday when her suspected assailants invaded her Itorin – Sabo home, Ijebu – Ode, shooting and also inflicting severe matchet cuts on her before leaving the octogenerian in a pool of blood.
Alli, who took over from Mr. Valentine Ntomchukwu by 12:34 pm on Thursday said hoodlums and cultists terrorising Ijebuland would be flushed out, adding that Ogun state would also be made unsafe for criminals.
Also, the Ogun Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, told reporters that people suspected to be “hoodlums” attacked the elderly woman and the Police found her in a pool of blood when someone informed them about the attack
Adejobi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said the police are on the trail of the Elewuju’s killers, assuring that the Police would put measures in place to avoid similar killings in future.
According him, the woman was taken to a hospital in Sagamu but later transfered to a Lagos based hospital where she died.
He explained that the new Police Commissioner, Alli, will visit the family of late Iyaloja soon to commiserate with them and also give the family the assurance that the culprits would be brought to book.
According to him, the Command is not unaware of the peculiar nature of crimes being committed in Ijebu – Ode as the Police would not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that innocent lives are not wasted by criminals.
The Police in Ijebu – Ode and detectives from the Igbeba Police Area Command were said have swunged into action to unravel the circumstances and motives behind her gruesome attack.