Adeyemi Awosiga, 68, an apostle and founder of the Ileri Oluwa branch of the Celestial Church of Christ, Mowe, Ogun State, is still coming to terms with the tragic death of his son. He did not imagine that 11 years after he lost his dear son, his grandson, Adeleke, would be murdered by a cultist.
He spoke with sadness:
"After I lost my son (Adeleke’s father), he and his siblings became the memory I held on to and I hoped to see them become something great in life.
God knows best and I cannot explain why he would be killed by such a wicked soul."
Adeleke was drowned in a swimming pool by a suspected member of the Buccaneers Confraternity, Anu Olokodana, on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at the Royal Hotel in Isheri, Ojodu Berger area of Lagos, during a birthday party. He was said to have been targeted by Olokodana who incidentally was his childhood friend because the deceased refused to join their cult group.
Olokodana, who is still in hiding since the incident, was said to have threatened to kill any member of their Mowe community who speaks to the press.
But Awosiga’s main concern is to see the man responsible for his grandson’s death behind bars as soon as possible.
The aggrieved cleric went on:
“He is still in hiding and we are calling on the police to track him (Olokodana) down as soon as possible.
I could not believe someone could kill my child in such a senseless manner and still boast about it. I called him my child because many people did not even know that he was not my son but my grandson.
That young man has killed a man I looked up to as one of the future bright stars of my family. He was hardworking and I always told him that if he remained good-mannered and hardworking, he would be successful in life.”
Adeleke dropped out of school after his father’s death when funding became an issue and opted to learn tiling, he added.
It was learnt that Adeleke would have started a multi-million naira tiling project he won with a company in Lagos on Monday, June 15, if he had not died two days earlier.
“We have not even been able to organise his freedom event from where he got his tiling skills because there was no money. But now, all his dreams and all our hopes on him are dead with him,” the cleric said.
The police have said that they were still on the trail of Olokodana and other members of his group.