One of the late son of Advertisng guru and MD Eminent Communications,Mr Sesan Ogunro, Timayo, has recounted how his father was killed.
He said: “It was a night of Christmas carol at the church. After the main carol service, people went down to eat. There was a man who tried to steal some money from someone and my father caught him. Other deacons and the minister of God started talking to the guy about what happened. That took some time.
“So, as this continued, people started to leave the church premises. Eventually, it was just myself, my mum and my dad, some children and a few disciples of the church who remained behind.
“My dad said I should take my mum and the children home, since it was getting late. We went outside and my mum remembered that she left some water in my dad’s car. So, my dad went to get the water from across the road. As I was about to open the door for everyone to get in, the gunmen came in a blue Sienna. I saw what happened but I couldn’t hear what they were saying.
“There were five of them. They spread out. Three of them came to me and hit me. I went down and gave them everything in my hand, including the car keys. I went down with my mum and the kids while two of the attackers walked up to my dad. He wanted to take the keys to his car but my dad told them: ‘Just take it; just take it.’ You know these guys: obviously, they were high and they just shot him.”
A church member, Mr Sola Martins, said someone called him after leaving the church that he should call the police because there was shooting at the church premises.
Martins said he received another call, as he was attempting to rush to the church premises, that Ogunro had been shot and that he should call the police.
According to the church member, he reported the matter to the police and later joined the family at the Apapa hospital, where Ogunro died.
Ogunro a seasoned advertising practioner and one of the best political communicators in the industry was a key figure in Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi’s 2nd term project. He was the chairman of the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State and would have played a major role in Fayemi’s re-election campaign. In his lifetime, he worked on such successful political campaigns as the Late MKO Abiola’s Presidential Campaign in 1992, Gov. Bola Tinubu in 1999 and 2003, Gov Fashola and Gov, Fayemi in 2007 as well as that of Mr. Dele Belgore in Kwara State.
With reports from The Nation