Monarch Kidnap: Family Wants Slain Guard’s Body

Family members of slain Lagos monarch’s guard, Mr. Sunday Okanlawon, yesterday, demanded the release of his corpse, 15 days after he was killed. It will be recalled that the 72-year-old Sunday was killed by the abductors of the Oniba of Iba, Oba Yushau Oseni on Saturday, July 16.

Aside Sunday, two other persons died during the abduction. One of them was 25-year-old, Riliwan Rasak, an artisan, who was shot by the kidnappers outside the palace. The members of the family have continued to express their concern over the continued delay and complexities in getting the corpses of the septuagenarian from the police. It was learned that the corpse of the late retired soldier, who hailed from Ibarapa Central Local Government Area, Oyo State, was deposited by the police at the Badagry Morgue.

The deceased son, Seun Okanlawon, in an interview with Vanguard at their resident, said that the family was contacted four days after his death. It was learned that Sunday was engaged by Ojo Local Government. He said: “The officials of the council that engaged him never visited us to inform us of his death.” Okanlawon alleged that his father’s body was not given proper care, saying “it was dumped on the floor.

It was not until we arrived and complained about how the body was being handled that the officials accorded him due respect. “Even after that, we were shocked when we were told we cannot collect the body. When we asked why, the officials said that the police will determine its release.” However, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmus, said that the body would be released “as soon as it is necessary.”