Outcry for Justice as Slain Senator’s Aide’s Associates Grieve and Demand Arrest of Alleged Killer-Soldiers
A somber atmosphere enveloped Adeniyi Jones Avenue in the Ikeja area of Lagos as family members and friends gathered to pay their respects to Adeniyi Sanni, a senior aide to Senator Solomon Adeola, representing Ogun West in the Senate. The atmosphere of grief was palpable as loved ones convened for a poignant Service of Songs held on Tuesday in honor of the deceased.The mourners further paid their respects through a poignant candlelight procession that followed, tracing a solemn route from the venue of the Service of Songs to Allen Roundabout and back, signifying the shared sorrow over the tragic loss.The final journey for Adeniyi Sanni will conclude on Wednesday with his burial at the Redemption Camp Vault in Mowe, located along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. A brief funeral service is set to be held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Rhema Chapel, situated within the Redemption City of God.Tragic Circumstances Unveiled: The life of Adeniyi Sanni was prematurely taken on the early morning of Saturday, August 5, 2023, in Lagos. According to information provided by Kayode Odunaro, the media adviser to Senator Adeola, Sanni’s untimely demise unfolded following an encounter with security agents at a checkpoint in Ojodu. Sanni, while en route to his Isheri residence in Lagos, was asked to present the necessary vehicle documents. Remarkably, he fulfilled this requirement through his wife, who promptly shared the documents via WhatsApp.However, the situation took a grim turn when Sanni’s wife found herself unable to reach her husband over the phone shortly thereafter. This distressing development led to the activation of a search party, ultimately leading to the heart-wrenching discovery of Sanni’s body near Toyota Bus Stop in Oshodi, Lagos. Tragically, the body bore the wounds of gunshot injuries.Serious Allegations Emerge: Senator Adeola, in a subsequent statement on Monday, implicated a syndicate of soldiers operating under Brigadier General Nsikan Edet, the newly-deployed Commander of the 9 Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment of the Nigerian Army. The senator claimed that these soldiers orchestrated checkpoints as a cover for their criminal activities, including the robbing and attacking of solitary occupants in vehicles. The allegations raised serious concerns about the security environment in the area.Calls for Accountability and Mourning: As investigations into the tragedy continue, grief-stricken friends and family of Adeniyi Sanni congregated on Tuesday, dressed in black T-shirts emblazoned with the poignant inscription, “Adieu Neyo.” Amid their mourning, some called for justice to be served, demanding the apprehension of the suspected soldiers allegedly involved in the killing. The sense of loss was palpable, with Kayode Odunaro describing Sanni’s death as a devastating blow not only to his family but also to Senator Adeola, for whom Sanni had loyally served for over two decades.Adeniyi Sanni was remembered as a dedicated and committed individual whose presence had a profound impact on those fortunate enough to have known him. Raji, an associate of the deceased, fondly recalled their years of close collaboration, noting Sanni’s unwavering kindness and consideration for everyone he encountered.