The Executive Chairman of Igbogbo-Baiyeku LCDA, Builder Sesan Daini has announced a scholarship grant for the son of slain Igbogbo-Baiyeku Joint Task Force Commander, Comrade Olufemi Olutoba, who was killed by unknown gunmen last week.
Late Olutoba, until his untimely death was one of the most gallant commanders of Oranmiyan group and efficient fighter in the Joint Task Force of Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA. He was on a battle to crush some cult members at Igbe Laara, in the early hours of Monday, December 7, when his death sadly occured.
In athus brief remarks at Olutoba’s burial in Oke-ota Ibeshe, on Wednesday, Builder Daini expressedshock and sadness at the untimely death of Comrade Olufemi Olutoba, noting that his death was a great lost to the Igbogbo-Baiyeku JTF and the LCDA in particular.
“He was with me through out Friday night, the eve of election and I left him around 1am on the election day. Olufemi is a committed JTF member and may God grant him peace and eternal rest.
“For all of us that are still alive, I want to appreciate you because even with his death, a lots of people would have been discouraged, but 24hours after his death, I meant with some Joint Task Force (JTF) members and I can still see the spirit and dedication burning and even the zeal to continue against crime and criminality in Igbogbo/ Bayeku LCDA.
“I will say those that did this have murdered sleep and will sleep no more. Those that took his life prematurely will not know peace and wherever they are, this is a message to them that they can never hide for ever and judgement will be on them,” the Chairman said.
“I’m aware that his first born have just written WACE with a very good result and on behalf of Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA and the council, I promise that we will grant him scholarship till the end of his academic.
“Equally, I will be giving monthly salary for all Joint Task Force from this month. And I want to say this in honour of Comrade Olufemi that the account of his first born will be listed to collect the salary of his late father.
“It’s so sad but I want to say he’s called to service and for us to know it happens to him today, God forbid, he can happen to anybody, so it out unity and togetherness that can stop this kind of act in our community. To those that are ready to betray this group will not succeed,” Daini added.
Similarly, an APC chieftain and community leader, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, mourned the late Olufemi. He described him as someone who worked relentlessly to confront security challenges in Ibeshe, during the era of Badoo menace. He stated that he was a gallant, battle tested and trusted patriotic JTF of the LCDA.
“I’m here to pay solidarity to the Joint Tasks Force (JTF) that was just created recently in Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA and also to pay solidarity to the community policing because without security in the community there will be know peace.
“I know Olufemi during the period of END SARS protest and it’s a pity that while fighting for the peace of the community, he paid the supreme price and that is gallantly.
“I want to encourage and tell you that he did not die in vain. Apart from the government, I have a school and to his children that are still of school age, I will offer them scholarship because that we can do to support the mother and to encourage others that whatever you do to the community, you are not forgotten or doing it in vain,” Kaoli said.
“Going forward, we don’t know where Nigeria is going in terms of community policing, but if it eventually approved, it will be good because those that have volunteer themselves will transform as state police force and whatever process that the government want to go through will be able to work with you so that we can meet the process,” he assured.
The remains of Olufemi Olutoba was later laid to rest at his residence in Oke-ota Ibeshe, after short service by his church and last respect from his family members.