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69-year-old retired Oyo perm sec murdered at her Ibadan residence

Cars, phones, ATM carted away

Sixty-nine-year-old woman, Ms Olaitan Gbenle, who retired as a Permanent Secretary with the Oyo State Government, was gruesomely murdered in her house along All Saints College Road, Idi Ishin, off NIHORT area of Ibadan between Thursday and Friday last week.

A source intimated to the Nigerian Tribune of the occurrence said that the woman was strangulated after her assailants tied her hands and legs.

She was reportedly found with her tied hands and legs on Friday morning while she still had the dress she wore on Thursday on her.

They were said to have taken her two vehicles, phones and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards.

It was learnt that the killers came to the deceased’s house a day after she reported to the police that her life was being threatened by some hoodlums who used to smoke marijuana close to her residence.

Ms Gbenle reportedly had a maid staying with her, but she left two months ago.

It was further learnt that the deceased was supposed to have hosted a meeting of the retired permanent secretaries and heads of service on Thursday, November 16, before her gruesome murder.

The deceased’s only child, a daughter, is said to be a medical doctor.

A condolence message on the WhatsApp platform of the Association of Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries of Oyo and Osun States (AREHSPSOOS), signed by its chairman, Chief Bisi Adesola, also a retired SSG and HOS, and got by the Nigerian Tribune, read: “With the greatest sore regrets, I, on behalf of the Executive Committee of the Association of Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries of Oyo and Osun States, (AREHSPSOOS), announce the untimely death of Ms Elizabeth Olaniyan Gbenle.

“She was not only a loyally committed member of the Association; she served on the last Executive Committee demonstrably ably!

“Due to this sad event, our 16th November 2023 Quarterly meeting is hereby cancelled!

“Further details on her funeral services shall be communicated as soon as they are made available to us by the family!”

Nigerian Tribune learnt that detectives in Oyo State Police Command had begun investigations on the murder case.

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