A renowned United States Professor and politician, Richard Adeoriokin, was fatally shot in Ejigbo, Osun state, by a local security guard. The tragic incident occurred around 8:30 pm on Saturday along Inisha Road in Ejigbo, shortly after a public function that Professor Adeoriokin attended with his political associates and the son of Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oyeyode Oyesosin.
Following the conclusion of the event at the king’s residence, Oyeyode Oyesosin instructed the security guard to fire gunshots into the air as a farewell gesture to his guests. Tragically, one of the bullets struck Professor Adeoriokin, leading to his untimely death. In response to this shocking incident, an enraged mob subsequently killed the security guard.
Afeez Lawal, personal assistant to Professor Richard, who witnessed the incident, recounted that his boss, a lecturer at Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas, and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had earlier attended a ceremony for Governor Ademola Adeleke’s chieftaincy title. Describing the tragic events, Lawal explained that the fatal shot was fired as the professor and others were set to leave Oyesosin’s house after a brief meeting.
The professor’s demise was confirmed after being rushed to the Baptist hospital in Ejigbo, where he succumbed to his injuries. His body has been deposited in the Osun State University Teaching Hospital Morgue.
Governor Ademola Adeleke, deeply affected by the incident, has ordered a thorough investigation into the killings of Dr. Richard Adeoriokin and the security guard. He extended his condolences to the families of the deceased and urged them against taking the law into their own hands. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, Adeleke has directed law enforcement agencies to uncover both the remote and immediate causes of the incident and ensure justice is served. He also called for heightened security measures to prevent any retaliatory violence or unrest in Ejigbo.
Adding to the widespread mourning, the All Progressives Congress (APC) state chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, expressed his condolences to the Ejigbo community. He described Professor Adeoriokin’s death as both tragic and wicked and urged the Police Authority to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the matter.
This incident has not only cast a shadow over the Ejigbo community but also raised serious concerns about public safety and the handling of firearms at public events. The Governor’s directive for guidelines on the use of local guns aims to enhance citizen safety and prevent similar incidents in the future.