Widow of late Osaze Omoregbe, who was killed alongside security operatives while responding to distress call from kidnap victims, could not found voice to thank the Lagos State Government, Thursday, when Governor Akinwunmi Abode, paid the family a visit with a donation of N5m. Mrs Omodunni Omoregbe could not hold back tears as others looked on with sullen eyes.
Osaze Omoregbe was a community leader killed and burnt by kidnappers for leading security agents to foil their operation.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Community and Communications, Kehinde Bamigbetan, who presented the cheque to the family on behalf of the Governor at a ceremony at the family’s residence in Isawo, Ikorodu, praised the deceased for his heroic role.
Bamigbetan was received by the Chairman of the Community Development Association, Ahmed Yusuf.
Reading the condolence message personally signed by the Governor, the Special Adviser said the late Omoregbe paid the supreme sacrifice while responding to the government’s charge to community development associations to support its effort to rid the state of kidnappers.
Part of the condolence message read, “It is with deep grief that I share your sorrow on the unfortunate death of your father, husband and breadwinner, Osaze Omoregbe.
“At a time our administration is consolidating partnership with our communities and their courageous and committed leaders, your benefactor stood up to be counted. He supported the forces of light seeking to crush the notorious kidnappers who had turned your neighbourhood into a jungle of death. In that patriotic response to our call to join hands and collectively secure our communities, he paid the supreme price.”
Receiving the cheque, the widow, who was short of words, broke into tears.
The deceased is survived by his wife, and two children, Adesuwa and Osaze.
The late Omoregbe, who led the security committee of the Olorunsogo Community Development Association, Ikorodu area of the state, had alerted the police on hearing heavy bullet shots of kidnappers seeking to capture a victim.
On arrival, the police and soldiers asked him to lead them to the area. All of them were ambushed by the kidnappers and killed.
Speaking on behalf of the LCDA, the chairperson, Jumoke Ademehin-Jumbo, thanked the Lagos State Government for coming to the rescue of the family.