The twin brother of the victim of a bar shooting in Ibadan, Oyo State, said he was lucky to have escaped being killed along with his brother on the day of the incident.
Kehinde and Taiwo Adeleke were relaxing at the Pete’s Bar and lounge inside the Trans Amusement Park, Agbowo, Ibadan, when the bar owner, Seyi Olusa, a.k.a. Fatherlusky, allegedly killed Kehinde with a rifle belonging to a soldier attached to the state joint security outfit, Operation Burst, following a disagreement.
According to Sunday Punch, the soldier, yet to be identified by the security outfit, was also indicted by Taiwo who witnessed the killing.
In a telephone interview with PUNCH, Taiwo said he was beside Kehinde when the bullet rang out from the rifle and that he was only saved because he bent down a bit.
Asked if his deceased twin brother had provoked the owner of the bar and the soldier that was involved in the incident, Taiwo said his brother was not a violent person.
He stated, “Kehinde did not have a fight with the owner of the bar and he did not insult or provoke any of them. He was a quiet person who would never engage in a scuffle with anyone, especially a soldier.
“When his killer grabbed the gun from the soldier and shot him in the neck, we would have been killed together because I was just beside my late brother. I don’t know why I bent down a bit but that saved me. My brother’s death is painful but we could have died at the same time.”
On the controversy surrounding the post-mortem examination done on the deceased corpse which triggered the petition that the family wrote to the state Commissioner of Police, Taiwo alleged that the doctor was not sincere with the family and that he had yet to tell them the result of the test done on the corpse.
“The doctor said he did not find any bullet in my brother’s neck and he told us to take him to a laboratory for a scan on the whole body. He said that it was likely that the bullet lodged in a bone. We took him to a laboratory in Yemetu. The result is with the doctor. We asked him what the result stated but he did not tell us. We buried the remains of my brother on Thursday.”
Asked if he could recognise the soldier whose gun was used, Taiwo said he had known him since 2015. He added that the soldier would not be difficult to identify because he was a friend of the bar owner.
He added, “We have been going there since 2015 and we have been seeing the soldier and others in the team together with the bar owner. They drink together. We (Taiwo and Kehinde) established a betting company in Agbowo and we have another centre also. We also have a viewing centre. After close of work, we would retire to the bar to relax before going to our different houses. My brother left behind a daughter.”