They Clubbed My Dad To Loss of life, Poured Chemical On His Physique To Dry Him Up


Temitope Malik

On this interview, the son of a college guard who was killed on his farm speaks concerning the man died.


30- year-old Temitope Malik, eldest son on the late 62 years outdated safety guard at Federal College, Oye Ekiti, Matthew Malik, who was killed in his farm on the Irona farmland at Oye Ekiti, tells ABIODUN NEJO, that his father’s dying has robbed the household of many issues. Excerpts:

Who was your dad?

He was Matthew Malik, 62 years outdated and till his dying, he labored as a safety guard with the Federal College, Oye Ekiti. He was married to a spouse and had six youngsters – three males, three females.

How will you describe him?

He was a really mild and quiet particular person. He was easy-going. He was not the argumentative or controversial kind. He was a blunt particular person and a disciplinarian to the core. He stated issues the way in which they had been regardless of whoever you had been. That was why we, his youngsters, held him with excessive regard and comport ourselves every time he was at sight. He was a really hardworking particular person. He was all the time at his farm both earlier than or after his work shift at FUOYE. And above all, he was a baby of God.

Perhaps his being a disciplinarian had pitted him in opposition to some individuals!

I assume so as a result of when he began the job as a safety guard at FUOYE, I keep in mind I as soon as mentioned with him that he mustn’t prolong the strict means he handled his youngsters at residence to FUOYE college students as a result of the youngsters of these days concerned themselves in numerous lethal issues together with cultism and medicines. I keep in mind telling him that he ought to take it simple with the scholars. I need to imagine that affected him a technique or the opposite. As an illustration, there was a day one of many two suspects who are actually in custody over his homicide got here to my mum’s store and had argument with my mum and within the course of locked my mum within the neck, however sadly for him, dad appeared on the scene and slapped the man in a bid to set my mum free. Since then, they stated the man had been threatening my dad. From my very own analysis, the man is a cult member. The improvement may need angered dad, who stated if the man had been his personal youngster, that was how he would have handled him.

How was your dad’s relationship with neighbours?

Very easy and beautiful. Since this incident occurred, lots of people have been coming. Even for the king, the Oloye of Oye Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju, to become involved. The king promised that he would make sure the individuals concerned within the dastardly act had been fished out. The king stated what he had heard about my dad confirmed that he was completely different from others. Since Friday, October 9 that the incident occurred, until yesterday, Monday, lots of people had been nonetheless trooping right here, giving lovely remarls about him, saying my dad didn’t deserve that sort of dying.

Are you insinuating that the land dispute may not be linked together with his dying?

What I stated earlier was that there are two suspects within the police custody over the homicide. The primary one is the man that slapped my sister and locked my mum within the neck, who my dad slapped and the second suspect, who’s the main suspect, is a timber operator. He was one of many three timber operators that reduce timber on my dad’s land. After three weeks, the operators didn’t go to the farm to pack the logs and my dad had already cleared the place to begin planting crops on it. My dad now approached the person (who’s now in custody) to ask why the operator ought to go away the logs in his farmland. My dad urged him to return and pack the logs in order that he may start planting. However the man begged dad that he would come and try this immediately and that dad mustn’t report him to the proprietor of the neighbouring farmland the place he reduce the timber from. Dad gave him one other one week grace, however he nonetheless didn’t come to pack the wooden. Dad then went forward to report him to the farmland proprietor in order that the wooden can be packed from my da’s farm. It then turned an difficulty between the timber operators and the proprietor of the neighbouring farmland. It was the following time that dad went to the farm to work when he was killed.

So, you now suspect the operators had been accountable for the dying!

They are the main suspects. Because the incident occurred and the arrest of the timber operator, Babau, the remaining two guys who labored for him – Taiye and Idowu have been on the run. We’re persuaded that in the event that they did not do something unsuitable, they’d not be on the run. However to this point so good, the State Felony Investigation Division stated the one arrested is cooperating with them by means of giving the legislation enforcement brokers some vital data.

However did you make any effort to tell the police when the problem of the farmland got here up initially?


I was not round. I simply got here round from Ilorin, Kwara State capital, the place I work. It was when he was killed that my mum known as me that dad had been killed. I used to be not even conscious of the farmland difficulty, however my mum stated as the problem was going, when dad got here again from work, he stored reporting to her concerning the matter that the operators had not but packed the logs. However they didn’t make any try to report the matter to the police. It was solely the case of the primary man that threatened to kill him that was reported to the police.

 How did the killing incident occur?

I was within the workplace when my mum known as me that I ought to begin coming to Oye Ekiti that dad had been killed. It was on my arrival that she narrated the story to me that they held the morning devotion collectively that fateful morning following which he left for the farm. That day, he was within the afternoon shift which began by 12 midday. Then, at about 12.30pm to 1pm, his colleagues at work known as mum that it was uncommon that dad was not at work but. Mum was stunned and attemped to name his quantity which didn’t undergo. Mum then took a motorcycle to the farm. When she obtained there, she met dad in a pool of blood. He had been killed. Even the physique was already stiff. That was how she began shouting.

What was the character of killing?

From the analysis made, the individuals clubbed him to dying. Dad bent down whereas engaged on the farm; he didn’t know that some individuals had been already in the bush monitoring him. They hit him within the head with stick. After that, they poured chemical on his lifeless physique. Initially, we thought the chemical poured on him was acid, however medical report confirmed it was not acid however the chemical substances that timber operators placed on timber to dry it up earlier than they reduce them with machines. The chemical may be very highly effective, they poured it in his mouth and physique.

However there have been insinuations that he was killed by gunmen!

He was not shot at. There are speculations that the individuals may need approached that farmland with weapons, however they didn’t use the gun on him. That was why the reviews stated gunmen.

So, how far have the police gone on the matter?

The State CID has been cooperating, even the commissioner of police, Tunde Mobayo, stated he was within the case. I used to be with the deputy commissioner of police final week; he  promised that the police would get to the foundation of the matter. They’ve been serving to. They stated that the two suspects can be charged to courtroom anytime from now and that the 2 guys on the run would even be apprehended. They promised that they would do every little thing to guarantee that the culprits are dropped at guide. These are what they’ve promised us to this point, however we don’t need to underestimate what the opposite individuals can do, that’s the reason we’re calling on everyone to rise for us to make sure justice. My dad, who was killed in that method, didn’t deserve that sort of dying. They stated we should always do post-mortem, which we realized would price us round  N200,000. We’re calling on each particular person that may assist us to get justice.

His stays had been taken to Kogi State for burial on Tuesday, October 20. What delayed the burial?

The king stated he was within the case; he stated they have to get to the root of the matter, that he desires to know the those that carried out the killing, so he had been delaying the burial that he despatched some individuals out to go religious to know who did this and who did that, that if the physique is buried that it is going to be troublesome. I met with the monarch, they are nonetheless 50 per cent into it, however I couldn’t go away my dad like that as a result of the final time I went to test his physique within the morgue, going by the character of the chemical pured on him, the physique seemed completely completely different, so I needed to beg the king that he ought to enable me to go and bury my dad in order that he may relaxation in peace. He then stated I may go forward.

What does dad’s dying imply to the household?

It is a superb loss. I’m the eldest youngster, I’ve two sisters within the college. Our youngest brother is about 5 years outdated. Regardless of being a safety guard, my dad needed all his youngsters educated. He was keen on saying his youngsters would get the training which he couldn’t get. His dying means a fantastic loss to the household. We pray that God will console us and we pray that God will ship helpers to us. As it’s, the accountability of the household will probably be borne by just one paerson – our mum, who’s a petty dealer.

So, how has the household been coping with out dad for the reason that incident?

It has not been simple. It has been all tears for my mum. We have now been making an attempt to console her. Everytime, daytime, nighttime, she is crying.

What’s going to you miss about dad?

I will miss the way in which he spoke with me and my household on the cellphone, the way in which he suggested me to place me on the best path, the way in which he spoke with me about God and the way in which he all the time checked on me by means of the cellphone. I’ll miss his recommendation to me on training. He was keen on telling me the necessity for additional research – masters and Phd.

Did you or any member of the household have any premonition of his dying?

We didn’t. However I feel I ought to have, solely that I didn’t take cognizance of that. My birthday was October 10, however we misplaced our dad October 9. I was so stunned that he despatched me birthday message on October 1. It had by no means occurred earlier than as he all the time despatched such on October 10. I simply took it as one other methodology, I ought to have, from that angle, began pondering in any other case. However I by no means noticed it coming.

What had been his unfulfilled ambitions?

My two sisters are the primary to attend college on this household, he was fond of claiming that he would have fun them and be pleased on their commencement day. He all the time stated that he needed to get promotion at his work place that even at his age, he must sit for examiniation to make sure that he obtained promotion. And the main one which is essentially the most painful is the home he was constructing in Oye Ekiti right here. I noticed the place he analysed the roofing estimates for the home, he was about roofing the home when the incident occurred. The cash is already in his account, only for him to roof the home. He was all the time saying that this yr can be the final yr he would keep in a rented home.


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