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Unknown gunmen on Sunday shot dead, Bayo Sina Babarinde during Sunday service at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Living Word Parish, Basin Road, in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.

The incident happened during the 7 am service of the parish on Sunday, October 17.

It was gathered that Babarinde, an estate agent, stepped out of the church to receive a phone call when his assailants rained bullets on him.

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP. Okasanmi Ajayi, who confirmed the incident, said an investigation was ongoing to arrest the perpetrators.

“He was called on the phone during the service 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.

“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 blood. It was discovered that he was shot in the head. The shells of the bullet used in killing the deceased have been recovered and the corpse has been deposited at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for postmortem

“People should not entertain any fear as the police and other security agencies are working towards unravelling the situation surrounding the incident towards arresting the perpetrators and ensuring that the security of lives and property of our people are well protected”, Okasanmi said.

The PPRO said that men of the Nigeria Police have already been deployed to strategic places in the metropolis, including worship centres, to prevent such reoccurrence assuring residents to go about their lawful businesses.

Christiana Emmanuel

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