Idoani robbery: Victim reluctant to go to work – Family
By Maria Famakinwa
Sunday Akindele, the Head Branch of First Bank, Idoani was bubbling with life when on April 8, 2019, he woke up early, kissed his darling wife goodbye before leaving for work without knowing that would be his last kiss.
As a banker, Akindele’s life was to serve humanity, reason he devoted his entire life to his job. But his enemies were lurking in the dark, and on the faithful day they struck.
If Sunday Akindele had a premonition that he would not return home from work on the fateful day, probably, he would have heeded his wife’s advice to stay at home and take care of his health.
According to findings by The Hope, late Akindele who was popularly called “Upper” by his colleagues and friends woke up on Monday morning , reluctant to go to work because he was not feeling well. He could not also attend church service a day before. A family source said he forced himself to go to the office against the advice of his wife to stay at home and rest because of his ill health.
Further findings revealed that Akindele, a banker in his early 40s who fell to the bullets of men of the under world during the bank robbery at Idoani in Ose Local Government fear days ago was a younger brother to Ondo State former Speaker, Mrs Jumoke Akindele. Though he worked in Idoani, the late banker joined his family in Akure every weekend to attend to church programmes being a Sunday School Teacher and an Usher in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ondo Province 8.
Akindele was working in Owo branch of the bank before he was posted to Idoani after his promotion as the Head of a Branch of the First Bank Plc. The position he held until his untimely death. He was said by a member of his family to be a peace maker, always ready to be corrected and could go to any length to assist.
While recounting the last moment she shared with his brother, Miss Temitope Ajile, the last born of the family who could not be consoled explained that she spoke with his brother around 7.42am on the fateful day without knowing that would be the last discussion she would have with him. “I still spoke with him on Monday around 7.42am about my business and he was advising me how to go about it. It was not long after that somebody latter called to inform me that he was shot dead by armed robbers who forced their way into his office.
“Just last week, my late brother took me to the motor park when I came for a wedding. Full of life, I never envisaged this would happen to him. A brother in need he was. He was caring and nice to everyone in the family. He helped me financially during my higher education days. He was always ready to assist. He was the bread winner of the family. A workaholic, highly disciplined, always accessible and responsible. His death has created a vacuum that cannot be filled; she added.”
On what she would miss about his late brother, she said she would miss everything about him. “Being the last born, he took very good care of me. I wish my late brother would be alive when I will be getting married because he had a good plan for my wedding. His sudden death has dashed my hope. ”
To Mrs Omodele Ijarogbe, a younger sister to the deceased wife, amidst tears called on the government to immediately fish out the killers of an her in-law she described as a brother. “We want justice because this is quite sorrowful and unbearable. We demand justice on this painful and unfortunate death of a loving brother. The death was unfortunate because the little time I spent with him made me to know him as a selfless man. I will miss everything about him. He was very humble and never angry”.
“The only thing that can pacify the family now is for the perpetrators to be brought to book and to serve as deterrent to others. Is it a sin to earn a living as a banker? Why did the perpetrators decide to cut down Adewale’s life in his prime? She queried.”
Describing his late brother’s death as gruesome and pathetic, the former Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Mrs Jumoke Akindele lamented the porous security situation in the country and called for improvement as she added that the perpetrators of the dastardly act will be apprehended.
One of his colleagues, who craved anonymity because he was not permitted to talk to the press also said that Adewale was very gentle and hard working. “I worked with him in Owo and I can tell you that he was very lively, social that people like to be with him always. It is a great loss for those of us who love him.”
On if there was any sign that such incident would happened on that day, he said,”We never forsaw this happening. If we had, we would not have even opened for business. We want government to improve on security situation across the country to prevent further loss of innocent lives and do everything within the ambit of the law to unravel Olawale’s killers.”
Another banker, who also did not want his name mentioned appealed to government at all levels to protect bank staff from avoidable deaths. “The spate of bank robberies across the country increase yearly because most of those who are involved in the evil act were not brought to book. Being a banker should not been seeing as a license to die. The increasing rate of bank robbery especially in Ondo state make bank staff to be afraid going to work. Now, it is Adewale, nobody knows who is next. Banks have become targets for armed robbers due to the harsh economic situation of the country which the banks staff are also facing.
“Bank staff are also like any other law abiding citizens of this country trying to earn a living, why must we now be targeted? Due to the hazard of the job, many bankers had resigned. We are calling on the state government to improve on security in the banking environments and bring killers of Adewale to book to reduce bank robbery and prove to the bereaved families that their gentle souls did not die in vain.”