August 22, (THEWILL) – A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State, Alhaji Kazeem Kekere, has been killed by gunmen.
Kekere was said to have been shot dead at Apomu, Isokan Local Government Area of the state on Saturday night.
The deceased, who was the branch chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Apomu, the headquarters of Isokan Local Government Area, reportedly used his position to canvass support for APC during the recently conducted governorship election.
A source in the community told journalists on Sunday, that Kekere was trailed to where he was killed by his assailants on Saturday night.
He said, “He was killed between 8pm and 9pm, around Oke-Alfa and Timberland area. He was killed close to the stream in the area. His killers pursued him to the spot where he was killed. Two vehicles followed him to the point where his car was waylaid and killed.”
The Secretary of Isokan Local Government Area, Tajudeen Bello, confirmed his killing.
He said, “Alhaji Kazeem was killed by gunmen yesterday night. He played major role during 2022 Osun State governorship election. As a chairman of NURTW, he directed all his members to vote for APC and threatened that anybody who did not vote for APC would be punished as long as he remained the chairman. He was reported to the palace and he stood by his words.”
The APC chairman in the state, Prince Gboyega Famodun, also confirmed the killing of Kazeem through his media aide, Kola Olabisi.
While the Osun State Police Command is yet to react to the incident as at the time of filing this report, it could not be ascertained yet if his killing was politically motivated or not.
Recall that a close ally of the Chairman of the Osogbo branch of the NURTW, Kazeem Oyewale (Asiri Eniba), was killed earlier in the month.