by Akan Ido
The family of late Dr. David Akintayo Oguntuase who was found dead at the Universal Medical Clinic, Akure, Ondo State, have indicated a foul play in his death.
Oguntuase whose clinic was burnt to ashes was thought to have died in the fire but family members are arguing to the contrary saying the doctor was murdered.
The deceased was also the Head of Paediatrics at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo.
According to Ben Oguntuase, the deceased’s elder brother, David was shot by unknown assailants and taken to another room where his hands and legs were severed.
He said, “They shot him in the main clinic area and carried his body to the room in the back area where they left him face down. Not done, they severed his hands and legs before proceeding to douse the body with petrol.
“The rest of the building on the inside was sprinkled with petrol before it was all set ablaze. It inferno made the building implode as the roof caved in,” the senior Oguntuase said.
He also explained that the walls of the fence showed marks of the feet of the assailants as they climbed to escape through the fence, and that the keg with which they brought petrol was left behind at their exit point.
“This case has gone beyond mere speculation into the realm of reality as to where the police should focus their searchlight to unearth the criminals and their sponsor,” he said.
Oguntuase also rejected the theories of suicide or fire accident caused by a gas explosion, saying the doctor’s body was dismembered before it was set ablaze. He added that there was enough evidence at the crime scene to assist the investigation of the police.
Meanwhile, the police in Ondo have said they will put the family’s account into consideration while undertaking their investigation into the alleged murder.
Police spokesman, Wale Ogodo told newsmeen that “the family will come up with the evidences they have and we can assure you that we will bring the fellow involved to book. Once we get the necessary information, we will not hesitate to do our part.”