Unknown gunmen have shot dead an estate agent while worshipping in the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
The police command in Kwara said the murder victim was an Ilorin-based estate agent, Sina Babarinde.
A spokesperson for the command, Okasanmi Ajayi, who confirmed the incident on Monday, said the deceased was reportedly shot dead by some unknown gunmen during a church service at the RCCG Living Word Parish, Basin Road, Ilorin.
According to him, the incident happened during the 7:00 a.m. church service of the RCCG.
“Late Sina Babarinde was called on the phone, and as he walked out of the church to receive the call, the sound of gunshots rent the air, which drew the attention of the congregation,” said the police. “As at the time the congregation got out of the church to see what was happening, it was discovered that the estate agent was already in the pool of his own blood. It was discovered that he was shot on the head.”
The spokesman said police commissioner Tuesday Assayomo had directed a discreet investigation into the killing.
He added that the shells of the bullet used in killing the deceased had been collected.
“The corpse has been deposited at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) mortuary for postmortem. People should not entertain any fear as the police and other security agencies are working towards unravelling the situation surrounding the incident,” the statement added. “This is towards arresting the perpetrators and ensuring that the security of lives and property of our people are well protected.”
The police also announced that its operatives had been deployed to strategic places in the metropolis, including worship centres, to prevent another reoccurrence.