Saturday, July 25, 2015

REVEALED: The Untold Of Dreaded Homosexual Alhaji Gay ’s killing and His many Sins

It was like a scene from a horror movie in Temidire area of Alagbado, Lagos on Monday as an angry mob hacked a dreaded land speculator, hotelier and suspected homosexual, Alhaji Tunji Rasaq Olaniyi a.k.a. Alhaji Gay, to death. Olaniyi, also known as Tunji Alaso, was until his death the owner of Tunji Alaso Hotels in the community.

It was alleged that until his death on that fateful day, Olaniyi, had used thugs and corrupt law enforcement agents to intimidate perceived opponents in the community. He was killed during a protest staged by landlords to against alleged invasion of their property and constant harassment by the late him and his thugs.

The placard-carrying landlords and community leaders had trooped out at about 10 am, chanting solidarity songs to condemn what they called “undue violent attacks” on residents by Olaniyi and his boys. They urged the Lagos State Government and law enforcement agents to save them from the hands of the demised land speculator.

To prevent a breakdown of law and order, men of the Alagbado Police Station, who came in two patrol vans, had to provide security for the protesters.

It was learnt that Olaniyi had moved into the community in the early hours of the day to supervise construction work on a building he was putting up on Alafia Street. It was at the construction site that news of the protest got to him.

He was said to have forcibly grabbed the land on which the building project was sited from its original owners.

How he was killed

The otherwise peaceful protest snowballed into violence at about 11.05 am when Olaniyi and a handful of his boys stormed the venue of the protest at Irepodun Junction, in a black space bus and started taking the protesters’ photographs.

The angry mob, made up mainly of youths, then mounted barricades on Moshalashi and Ibari roads and challenged Olaniyi for taking photographs during a protest against him. Olaniyi’s vehicle was smashed by the mob before he left the scene of the protest.

Olaniyi, as gathered, headed straight to Alagbado Police Station where he allegedly accused a senior police officer of conspiring with community leaders to stage the protest.

A source at the station, who did not want his name in print, said: “Tunji Alaso (Olaniyi) came here to accuse one of our bosses of complicity in the protest staged against him by landlords. He raised his voice in Yoruba, saying, “O ti dale mi, o ti gbabode (you have betrayed me, you have conspired against me)”. He allegedly stormed out of the station about 10 minutes later.

At about 11.40 am, Olaniyi returned to the scene with more of his boys and shot sporadically as protesters and other residents scampered into safety.

All hell was however let loose when one of the youths, Ganiu Adebayo a.k.a. Oludegun, was felled by bullets fired by the hoodlums.

With the killing of Adebayo, the cutlass-wielding youths became emboldened and pursued Olaniyi, who was by then being shielded by his armed thugs on Moshalashi Road.

Having caught up with him on the road, the angry youths shouted in Yoruba, “Oole sa lo; waa ku loni (you cannot escape, you must die today).

Olaniyi was said to have made a futile attempt to resist his attackers with the aid of his armed thugs. At a point, his boys abandoned him and fled the scene. The mob wasted no time in hacking him to death at about 11.45 am.

Olaniyi then fell in a pool of blood and wriggled in pain until he was ferried to two nearby private hospitals who rejected him. He later died as he was being taken to a public hospital.

His death unleashed palpable fear on the community as suspected hoodlums loyal to Olaniyi attempted to avenge his death. They smashed vehicles and attacked innocent residents around the AIT axis of Alagbado where Olaniyi lived and operated two hotels until his death.

The intervention of police and soldiers however restored normalcy in the community.

It was gathered that Olaniyi’s boys at about 8.30 am the following day, Olaniyi’s boys, allegedly led by one Waheed, again stormed the community to avenge the death of their boss, but they were repelled by security forces.

The law enforcements agents have since been conducting stop-and-search operations on motorists and pedestrians in the area.

Some residents of the area told our correspondent that the late Olaniyi had caused havoc to many people in the community. He was accused of using unscrupulous law enforcement agents to intimidate those who were opposed to his nefarious activities in the community.

A resident, who identified herself simply as Yetunde, said: “I think that Tunji Alaso (Olaniyi) was killed because his cup was full; otherwise, he was not someone that could be killed so cheaply. He had been terrorising landlords and residents unchallenged and would openly boast of charms.”

Olaniyi, a native of Ogbomoso, Oyo State, was said to have come into the community a few years ago and embarked on forcible land grabbing from property owners.

It was learnt that the deceased built two houses on Moses Olawale Street, in Temidire, Alagbado and occasionally used one of the buildings to host his visitors.

Worried by the development, the community leaders petitioned the Lagos State Government and Lagos State House of Assembly to save them from his continued harassment.

The matter got to a head a few weeks ago when the community leaders protested to the new Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, at the Lagos Police Command headquarters in Ikeja.

Speaking with our reporter before the protest turned violent, the Baale of Temidire, Chief Nojeem Abioye, alleged that Olaniyi and his men had been terrorising house owners in the area.

He said: “Many house owners moved into this community more than 40 years ago without any disturbance until a few years ago when some land speculators decided to make life unbearable for them in their own houses.

“We faulted his claim that he was representing a fictitious Ota community who he claimed are the original land owners because Ota is in Ogun State while our community is in Alimoso Local Government Area of Lagos State.

“I told him several times to desist from harassing or attacking innocent landlords in this community but he would not listen to me.

“Only yesterday, he beat up an elderly landlord in this community and the man is now on admission in a hospital. He has annexed so many buildings using his thugs to unleash terror on hapless landlords and residents.”

A community leader, Chief Olanrewaju Ololade, said: We are protesting today because we have more than 5,000 people living in this community. Many of us bought our property from Fred Williams family over 40 years ago.

“In 1984, some members of Ibari family in Ota, Ogun State came here to harass us and we took them to court. We got a judgment in 1988 wherein the Ibari family’s claim to our property was overruled by the court.

“But lately, Olaniyi started terrorising us, claiming to represent an unknown Ota community as land owners. We told him that we have a valid court judgment which validated our ownership of the property but he resorted to violence, beating and harassing landlords and residents.

“We are, therefore, using this protest to call on the Lagos State Government to save us from the activities of his boys.”

The Chairman of Temidire Joint Community Development Association, Chief Apanishile Ale, said Olaniyi had been using thugs to attack people that were opposed to his reign of terror.

The spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, Kenneth Nwosu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said he received a distress call around 11.45 am that one Tunji Rasak ‘M’, who was attacked and injured during the protest, had died in a hospital he was rushed to.

He added that another unidentified person was injured and was responding to treatment. Nwosu said investigation was on going.

Our correspondent, however, learnt that the Lagos State Police Command brokered a peace meeting on Tuesday between the community leaders and family members of the deceased. The meeting, which was said to have been held at the State Police Command headquarters, had in attendance the Baale of the community, Chief Najeem Abioye, and Executive Secretary of Agbado/Oke Odo Local Council Development Area, Engr David Famuyiwa.

His many sins

In February 2009, the Area ‘G’ Police Command, Ogba, Lagos, declared the deceased wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting an 18-year-old boy, Kabiru Amusa. It was the incident that earned him the moniker Alhaji Gay.

It was gathered that he sexually assaulted the teenager at his residence, on Friday January 16, 2009, under the pretext of securing him a lucrative job. He was said to have drugged the boy in conjuction with suspected homosexuals and had marathon sex with him through the anus, leading to bleeding.

While his accomplices were arrested, Olaniyi was said to have escaped through the roof of his house on 7, Barusam Street, Alagbado and evaded arrest until his gruesome death a few days ago.

His suspected accomplices: Wahab Adeniyi, 39; Gbenga Aladelusi, 32; Okoro Emeka, 21; Hastrup Adesoji, 24; Gbenga Odumolu, 23; Azeez Amusa, 45 and a lady who prevented the police from arresting him, Mrs. Yetunde Adelugba, 38 were subsequently arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court 8 for conspiracy and indecent sexual assault on a male. The suspects were remanded at the Kirikiri maximum prison and the case is still ongoing.

The 44-year-old deceased was also accused of operating a syndicate comprising unscrupulous police officers to extort money from internet fraudsters otherwise known as Yahoo Boys as far as South Africa and Malaysia.

He was said to have impersonated operatives of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to extort money and laptops from fraudsters. In November 2011, he was arrested by the police in Ibadan during one of his illegal outings but managed to escape prosecution.

His death, as gathered, has since thrown the youths in the area into wild jubilation while the residents of the community where he met his gruesome death are still battling with fear of possible reprisals by Olaniyi’s boys.

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