A 35 year-old Isamic cleric, Sheikh Yusuf Amzat-Salam, also known as Alfa Abu, his wife and four children were killed by some unidentified gunmen in an attack on their home in the Atiba area of Odogbolu, Ogun State on Tuesday.
The Islamic cleric, his wife, eldest child, a girl aged 11, her twin brothers, aged 8 and the last female child, aged 2, were all butchered with machetes by the assailants whose motive could not be ascertained.
It was also learnt that the residents of the area woke up on Tuesday to meet the family in a pool of blood.
A close family friend, Mr Yusuf Oludaisi, described the act as dastardly and wicked, wondering what the victim must have done to warrant such treatment.
“He was someone whom we grew up together. I have known him for 30 years to be humble and kind to everyone who came across his path.
“It’s really sad because this was someone you will never see quarrelling or being disrespectful”, said Oludaisi, while speaking with NAN.
The younger brother of the victim, Alfa Ishaaq Amzat-Salam, however, said he would leave the matter for God to judge.
“I leave those who perpetrated such evil into God’s hands for He alone will judge them. The deed cannot be undone.
“I will always remember my brother forever for his loving kindness as he was a shining light to us all”, said Ishaaq.
Senator Gbenga Kaka (Ogun East), who was at the burial of the victims, described the incident as very sad.
“I am a close friend to the father of the victim and when I heard what happened, I was in shock.
“It is unimaginable what these people did and it brings much sadness to my heart. I don’t even have the words to describe it”, said Kaka.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in Ogun, Bimbola Oyeyemi, said the command was aware of the incident.
“We are already doing all to investigate and apprehend the culprit”, he said.