Babatunde Olubasa, a 38-year Ondo businessman, was allegedly killed in an hotel on boxing day over cigarette lighter by unknown group of men.

Babatunde was allegedly murdered during an argument over cigarette lighter, in a popular hotel in Akure where he had lodged for the Christmas holiday. gathered that the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed that the matter was a case of assassination.

He also added that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Bolaji Salami, had ordered investigation into the incident.

His words; We have commenced investigation and trying to track down those who killed him. It’s an assassination.

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” At the time it happened, there was nobody else at the bar, except the bar girl. The bar girl said three killers came into the hotel.

“The deceased lodged in that hotel and went out at some point in time. By the time he came back, the assailants were already at the bar drinking. When he got to the bar, the three guys asked for a lighter from him to light their cigarettes and he said no. It was at that point that they pulled out their guns and shot him. The assailants left the hotel when he gave up the ghost.

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“We are on their trail right now. The Commissioner of Police has ordered a full investigation into the incident. To us, we are thinking it was an assassination. But the investigation will unravel all that happened.”

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