Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 November 2012
Report from the family of one of Sierra Leone’s bright and hard working pharmacists – Mr. Adeyemi Johnson (photo) – says that he has been murdered. His life was taken away from him early yesterday morning – 12 November – when armed criminals broke into the house, tied his hands and feet, glued his mouth shut, and had him blindfolded, before setting the house alight.
This brutal murder has raised questions about the motives and the identities of the perpetrators. Police are investigating the crime, while the remains of Mr. Johnson are kept at the government mortuary awaiting a pathologist’s report.
The gruesome attack took place at Old Railway Line, Wilberforce, Freetown, an urban western area neighbourhood, now densely populated, sparking questions as to how such a crime could have happened with such ferocious violence.
After attacking Mr. Johnson and setting the house alight, the criminals took his car keys and went a few blocks away to where the car was parked and made a getaway.
It was only a few months ago that the Sierra Leone Telegraph reported the death of his older brother – Mr. Freddie Johnson – who died in March of this year, when he was sadly struck down by a short illness.
Mr. Adeyemi Johnson was 58 years old. He is survived by his wife Joyce, son – Leon and daughter – Dionne; brothers – Ralph, Victor (PB), George and sister Violet, who is the wife of Freetown socialite and musician – Bunny Mack.
Adeyemi lives behind several other siblings – Percy, Clara, Paulina, Francis, Harry, Leslie, Mary, Bernard and Ivan.
Police are yet to give an official statement as to progress they are making in identifying and apprehending the criminals.
It is estimated that every year scores of innocent lives are lost in Freetown alone, as a result of armed attacks on people’s homes. But there is suspicion also, that the incident may be property related.
Although the police in Freetown recently launched an aggressive assault on armed gangs in the city, residents say that there has been no let up as armed robbery and other property related violence exacerbate.
The killing of Mr. Adeyemi Johnson is a sad and chilling reminder of the increasing armed violence in the country.