Yekini’s daughters seek probe into his death
The two daughters of late African Footballer of the Year, Rashidi Yekini, Miss. Rashidat Yemisi and Omoyemi Yekini, have demanded that the government order an inquiry into their late father’s death.
Contrary to the claims that the late goal king died a natural death and suffered mental illness, his two daughters, and lawyer told a press conference that there was a bigger issue that needed to be probed.
“Myself and my sister want to know how our father died and the only way is to do an inquisition. We want to know if he was killed or he died a natural death. If he was killed, the culprits must be prosecuted.
“He was mentally balanced, my father was okay before his untimely death. The other claim that it was insanity that made him gave the needy large sums of money, was also false, as my father was fond of giving money to the needy and I don’t see anything wrong with that.
“There was also an allegation that he removed the leather furniture in the living room to the compound and set it ablaze. This is not true, if he had burnt them, there would have been remains of the burnt furniture in the compound, but there was nothing of such there.
“My father’s lawyer also told us that he had a gun in the house for more than 15 years and there was never a time he harassed anybody with or he shot sporadically into the air to scare anybody. Would somebody who is insane drive his car without committing any traffic offense, he had his hair cut as at when due, observe his Muslim prayers regularly and play football every morning at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan with the Oyo All Stars,” the bereaved daughters narrated.
Late Yekini’s lawyer, Jibril Olanrewaju, blamed his death on his mother and younger sister, alleging that they and some Muslim Marabouts killed him.
His word: “Earlier on when the Oyo State Commissioner for Police gave an order that Yekini should not be forcefully taken from his home in Ibadan, the family members led by his kid sister late Rufia and Yekini’s mother, went to the police commissioner begging that he should allow them to arrest the African legend so as to cure him of his insanity.
“But the commissioner rejected the application insisting that from a test carried out on Yekini, he was okay. But they succeeded in abducting Rashidi Yekini when I was away in Kuwait. I was away when someone broke the news to me and when I got back I heard on the CNN news that my client was dead.
“It is painful that he was killed brutally and from information I gathered, Yekini was taken to some Muslim ‘marabouts’ who shaved his head and chained his hands and legs. It was these ‘marabouts’ that allegedly gave Rashidi Yekini a poisoned tea.
“When he drank the tea, he went to sleep and when he woke up, he started vomiting blood before he died. The doctor in the hospital where he was later taken to in Ibadan said Yekini was brought in dead. And when I asked why he gave the family members a death certificate since he didn’t know the cause of death, he revealed that the family begged him to write one so that they would be able to move him to Ira his home town for burial.
“Yekini’s kid sister Rufia, now late and his mother after his death later went to the First Bank in Dugbe area of Ibadan, where he had kept his money. When they requested to collect the money, the bank told them that Rashidi had personally cleared his account few weeks back.”
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