…we await result of autopsy – Police
By Ahmed Ajikobi
The family of the Director of Planning and Economic Development, Kwara State Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Prince Victor Kayode Dada, has lamented the murder of their son who they described as their breadwinner by unknown persons in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, last week.
Prince Dada was said to have been poisoned with unknown substance and also bathed with an acid around Airport area penultimate Wednesday. He was left unconscious after the incident and was said to have passed away the following day while receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Ilorin.
It was gathered that Dada was left at the back seat of his car with his shoes, tie and suit removed and placed at the passenger seat in the front.
Speaking with the sister of the victim, Mrs Comfort Ajiboye, in her laden voice described the Director as one who attended to the needs of the family while alive.
She described those behind the death of Dada as callous and inhuman adding that they have taken away the pillar of the family.
Speaking further, she said,“ My brother never fought anyone and if he mistakenly has a disagreement with anybody and the family get to know, we will converge and apologise to that person on his behalf.
On the last moments of her brother, Mrs Afolayan said, “Prince, we were told left office Wednesday afternoon after receiving a call that he should come to Airport area. He informed his wife that he will join her at their home located in the same area.
“The wife waited till 11pm but my brother did not return home. The woman got worried and decided to call his mobile number, which rang out without any response.
“Later a woman called his wife with my brother’s phone and informed her that the husband was in comma at Airport area.
“The wife went to the area but could not find him at the said spot, so she returned home around 12 am on Thursday.”
Continuing, Mrs Afolayan said it was the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) patrol team who discovered his body at the back seat of the car, with foam already coming out of his mouth and he was subsequently rushed to the General hospital, Ilorin.
“When the wife got to the hospital, he was still breathing but couldn’t talk. However before we could join them at the hospital, he had already given up the ghost.
“My brother’s death was like a dream because we spoke at length a day to his death. I could remember we discussed about the school fees of the children before my phone battery went flat and asked that I should see him to continue our discussion.
“His children surprised him on the 11th of May, which was his birthday. I was even angry that he didn’t inform me about the celebration but he told me that it was a surprise from his children.
“His first child (a female) got married on January, 1 this year.”
In the same vein, the former president, Oro-Ago Development Union, Chief Richard Olusola confirmed the sad incident adding that Dada may have been forced to drink a poisonous substance by his assailants.
“It is so unfortunate that we lost him but judging by the state we met him, Prince may have been forced to drink a poisonous liquid by unidentified persons,” he lamented.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Oloro of Oro-Ago, Oba Johnson Olanrewaju, who is said to be a brother to the Director proved abortive as he did not respond to calls put through his mobile phone nor text message sent to him as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi confirmed the incident adding that it is still under investigation.
He further said corrosive substance was found on the body and cloth of the deceased adding that the command is awaiting result of the autopsy.
“We cannot say anything on the cause of the death of the victim. We will be able to do that when we get the autopsy result,” Okasanmi said.
Prince Dada who died at the age of 58 is survived by his aged father, five children and three wives.
According to a statement by the family, signed by Prince Omotosho Dada, the deceased will be buried on June 21, 2018 in Oro-Ago, Ifelodun Local Government, and Area Kwara State.