Col. Anthony Okeyim, the Commandant of Command Secondary School, Ibadan, was on Monday brutally murdered in his apartment within the school premises. Unconfirmed reports by people close to the late colonel said he was strangled to death by suspected assassins and his throat slit open.
Reacting to the brutal killing of the Army Colonel, a friend who did not want his name in print but who was very close to the killed officer, condemned the killing and said Col. Okeyim was recently promoted and has not even been decorated officially with his new rank.
He said, “It is a pity that such a gentleman who was committed to his duty as a military officer and school commandant could be killed in gruesome manner inside a military formation.
“There are posts mounted by infantry soldiers from the gate of the school and visitors are not allowed inside except if they have a genuine mission.
“If the school commandant could be killed in such manner, how safe are the civilian staff and pupils who live in the school?
“Tony was only recently promoted to the rank of brigadier in the Army and he was waiting to be decorated before he was killed.
“I pray that investigation into the murder will not be an incomplete one.”
Adekunle Ajisebutu, the Police Public Relation Officer, Oyo State while confirming the incident said the Police was treating it as a suspected case of murder.
According to Ajesebutu, “I can confirm to you that the deceased was found dead in front of his apartment around 6.30am on Monday. We are treating it as a case of suspected murder.
“The State Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi, visited the school immediately the case was reported.
“Police investigation had begun and the investigating team is working with Military Police investigating team. We have also beefed up security around the area.”