‘My eight-year-old daughter still in shock after robbery incident’ – Tajudeen Akingbolu

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The All Progressives Congress House of Assembly candidate for Ekiti West Constituency 11, Tajudeen Akingbolu, has said his eight-year-old daughter is yet to recover from the trauma of the robbery on his house on Friday night.

The two armed robbers invaded the house and carted away personal belongings of the former chairman of the Ekiti West Local Government Area at his Olorunda Quarters residence in Ado Ekiti.

Akingbolu told journalists on Saturday that “the tragic part of the attack was the fact that my eight-year-old daughter was the first person they pointed a gun at and up till now, the poor girl is still in shock.”

The legal practitioner, while relating his ordeal, said the attack occurred around 8.30pm, a few minutes after he drove into his compound, saying he suspected that the gunmen must have trailed him from where he had gone to attend to some issues.

He said, “I had just closed for the day and immediately I entered, I went to the toilet. I had hardly settled on the closet when I started hearing unusual voices in my sitting room. Of course, I didn’t need anybody to tell me what was happening.

“I decided to stay in the toilet, but my elder brother, Muri, who was in the adjoining room with another elder brother who was ill, came out to find out what was happening.

“As narrated by my wife and cousins, one of the two armed men used a mask but the other didn’t. One of them pointed a gun at my brother and before he could say anything, he was beaten blue and black while other members of the family were asked to lie down.

“They collected all the phones in the house. They collected N40,000 from my brother. They pointed the gun at my wife and threatened to waste my children if she failed to cooperate. She led one of them to the room but they later asked my brother to follow her, from where they collected additional N47,000 and a pair of jeans trousers, which I had just bought.

“Two things shocked me about the unusual visitors. Though the unmasked man was said to have appeared unkind, they were compassionate enough to drop my sick brother’s phone. As they were about going out, they called my brother and returned my wife’s phone.”The APC chieftain said the incident had been reported at the Okeila Police Station, which has jurisdiction over the area.

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