Man Escapes Death In Ogun As Hoodlums Attack Home - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Man Escapes Death In Ogun As Hoodlums Attack Home

  …Attackers Demand Whereabouts of wife, Children

Biodun Adefala, Abeokuta

A 55-year-old land surveyor, Taofeek Oladeinde, has escaped death in Abeokuta after he was attacked by hired thugs who stormed his home in search of his wife and two children.

Sources said the woman and her children touched - off the anger of some people over an alleged violation of family traditional practices.

A reliable source told The Daily Crucible reporter that the men who invaded their Laderin Ikereku extension residence in Ogun State at the weekend, were searching for Taofeek’s wife and two children who had gone into hiding since the crisis began sometimes ago.

The attackers, it was further gathered, were on that Saturday night allegedly led by persons strongly suspected to be familiar with the victim, because he was able to recognise their voices.

It was learnt that the familiar persons  were incensed by Taofeek’s persistence in preventing them from carrying out the family’s traditional religious practice over an alleged infraction by his son.

The surveyor was injured during the scuffle and had since abandoned his home due to safety concerns, particularly when the hoodlums also visited Ibadan residence of his wife's sister where her first child, 19-year-old Ayomide lives.

It was learnt that trouble started in Taofeek Oladeinde nucleus family following what his extended family members suspected as mystery deaths which were attributed to superstition but Taofeek and his household refused to be part of such superstitious belief.
Taofeek also resolved that none of his nucleus family members would be subjected to any rite and traditional or religious practice, which in his understanding, are driven by superstition but which his extended family members believed if performed, could put a stop to the suspected  mystery deaths in the family.

Similarly, sources claimed that since the elders of Taofeek could not find his 48-year-old wife and nurse, who was said to have gone underground to protect herself and her children from the family’s wrath,  decided to pounce on the land surveyor to disclose the location of his wife and the two young children.

It was gathered that trouble began in the family two years ago when the elders insisted on carrying out family tradition of appeasement at their ancestral home near Owode Egan but Taofeek insisted his wife and children would not participate in such appeasement rite 

At a point, sources said, Taofeek's  wife,  son and six-year-old daughter were  bundled to the village to carry out traditional “rebirth,” but they escaped to an undisclosed location days ahead of the scheduled date for the rituals.

According to sources, following the elders’ discovery that Taofeek facilitated the escape of his wife and children, the family has been harassing him to disclose the whereabouts of them but he too refused, an action which recently angered the elders.

It was gathered that when the intimidation and harassment became unbearable,  Taofeek allegedly notified the police, but the matter was said to have been described as a family issue which should be handled among them, a source further disclosed.

Efforts to reach the family members for comments have not been successful but Taofeek’s friend, who declined to give his name, confirmed the incident and said that he was not prepared to talk about the matter because, according to him, lives were involved.

“It is a serious issue which I am not ready to discuss with you.  You can see particularly that the lives of a woman and two young children are  at stake.

 “Do you know that since the attack my friend has gone underground.  But, all I can say is that my friend’s wife and children are already in hiding for their safety and that’s what matter most at this point,” Taofeek's friend said.

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