If a pin drops anywhere in Ikole community, you would hear 500 meters away. The entire community is in silent mourning following the death of a member of the royal family.

He was shot in the stomach by the yet to be identified gunmen.

Residents in the community say the deceased, who was a businessman and hotelier was caught unawares while he was discussing with an unnamed staff within the premises of Olainukan Hotel.

It was further learnt that Dare on sighting the gunmen took to his heels but was unlucky to escape.

He pleaded with the gunmen not to kill him but to no avail.

While he was abandoned to bleed, the assailants disappeared from the scene into the bush.

The incident was reported at the Ikole Divisional Police headquarters at Ojuolomootoo, while the body of the deceased has been deposited at the morgue.

The deceased is the son of the late king of the town, Oba Omotayo Ogunbiyi.

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