By WOLE BALOGUN
Outrage, condemnations yesterday trailed the killing of Ondo State-born Chief Pius Oladele, the sand dealer who died in a blast that occurred under the FESTAC link bridge in Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos on Monday. At his residence in Lakeview Estate in the area, tough-looking and mournful men were yesterday seen loitering about in front of his house.
They were beneficiaries of the deceased. It was obvious that they were angry at the tragic incident and even angry at any stranger including journalists. It was a tug of war before the reporter was allowed into the deceased’s residence as the tough-looking men were just too angry at the sudden death of their benefactor. After several hours of waiting, a tall and sobbing man, who simply identified himself as Bola, spoke on the sad event. He said Oladele was his father as he was to so many others.
His words: “I have known Baba (Oladele) and have worked for him for over 16 years. He did an ordinary job that anyone could do. “He was just an ordinary sand dealer. And I don’t think he had an issue or deal with anybody. We suspect he was the target of the blast but nobody can say who did it. And why it was done. “He is our father and our boss. He was a father indeed to all of us.
There is no father that could do what he was doing for me. He was my boss. He was a very kind and generous person to everybody around him and everybody who has ever met him. You can see how everyone is crying here. “We have all come here to commiserate with the family and commiserate with ourselves because he was our father indeed. He helped everyone that came his way.
Both those he knew and those he never set his eyes on. Relatives and friends have all benefitted immensely from his benevolence. That is why everyone is very angry that he died in such tragic circumstances. “I personally will miss him forever. For as long as I live, I will miss him. He was my great benefactor and the killers have snatched away our benefactor.”