Monday, December 23, 2013

Robbers kill advertising guru, Ogunro, steal vehicle

The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Eminent
Communications Limited, one of the biggest advertising agencies in the
country, Mr. Sesan Ogunro, was shot and killed in the Alausa area of
Lagos State on Sunday.
Ogunro was also the Chairman of the Board of Broadcasting Services of
Ekiti State before his untimely death.
His son, Sesan Ogunro (jnr.), is a popular video director, who
directed popular musical videos, includingJayejayeby Wizkid.
According to police authorities, the victim was shot on Jobi Felle
Way, Alausa, around 10.40pm by a four-man robbery gang.
The victim was said to have been returning from a church programme
with members of his family, who were in a separate car, when they were
accosted by the robbers in a Honda minivan.
The robbers were said to have attempted to snatch the victim's
Mercedes Benz Sports Utility Vehicle, but he was said to have refused
to cooperate with them.
PUNCH Metrolearnt that after shooting the deceased, the robbers
snatched his wife's Toyota car and sped off.
A police source at the Alausa Police Division, said, "Around 11.24pm,
on Sunday, we received a distress call that about four armed men,
operating in one Honda Odyssey beside Regency Hall, attempted
snatching a Mercedes jeep from one Mr. Ogunro. We were told that
Ogunro resisted and the armed men shot him.
"The robbers abandoned the Honda Oddsey and escaped with a red Toyota
Yaris car, belonging to the wife of the victim who was also at the
scene. We visited the scene and the Divisional Police Officer visited
Lagoon Hospital where the victim was receiving treatment."
Our correspondent learnt that Ogunro, however, died two hours after
being rushed to the hospital.
Police authorities said preliminary investigations revealed that the
Honda vehicle, which the robbers used for the operation, was stolen
from one Ali Balogun in the Ebute Meta area of the state two hours
before Ogunro was attacked.
A family friend, who wished to remain anonymous because he had no
authority to speak on behalf of the family, said the family did not
understand why the robbers shot the deceased.
"I was not at the scene, but I was told that he (Ogunro) did not do
anything to annoy the robbers. In fact, they stole all their valuables
as well. We are all in shock as he was killed in the presence of his
family during the Christmas period.
"This is a trying time for all of us and all we want is prayers."
Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, told our correspondent
that investigations were ongoing.
Braide added that efforts were on to apprehend the fleeing suspects.
"None of his relations could volunteer any statement yet. The Honda
which the robbers used was confirmed to have been snatched from one
Ali Balogun at Ebute Meta around 8pm on Sunday. She was dropped at
Jobi Felle way, Alausa, where she was rescued and taken to the
station. Efforts are on to apprehend the fleeing suspects."
Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, expressed shock at
the killing, saying Ogunro's (Snr) murder had broken the hearts of the
people of the state whom he served diligently in his lifetime.
Fayemi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olayinka
Oyebode, urged security agencies to work hard and ensure that the
killers were brought to justice within the shortest possible time.
Copyright PUNCH.

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