Community leader assassinated in Edo

A community leader in Okha village, Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State, Pa Osarobo Ajayi, has been killed.

Pa Ajayi, who was killed at his residence in the community, was the second in command in the village.

The assailants were said to have acted as staff of a telecommunication firm looking for a spot to erect mast in the community.

Wife of the deceased, Eunice, said the assailants told the victim that his house had been identified by the firm to place its communication mast and that they would compensate him.

The wife said she was outside when the men violently returned later at night and attacked her husband using axe, though they were armed with guns.

She said one of the attackers tied her hands and legs in her room while two others continued the attack on her husband with the axe.

She said: “I begged them that I will die but they tied my hands and legs. One of them with gun stayed with me. The others were with my husband.”

The deceased son, Saturday, said he was going to work when he was called that his father had been killed.

The remains of the community leader have been taken to the mortuary.

Edo State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Stephen Onwochei, could not be reached for comments.