Popular Yoruba broadcaster and Master of Ceremonies (MC), Soji Omotayo aka SOJ who likes to address himself as Baaroyin Apede Ara on his programmes both on Radio and Television escaped death over the weekend.
SOJ as is fondly called among his folks, was alleged to have been attacked with a machete by a man; who is widely known as friend and business associate, with the name, Kunle Kushimo Agarawu (a land speculator, car dealer and socialite) who lives in Ota Ogun state, South West Nigeria.
The Drama of His Death
Soji while speaking to radio Journalists said the issue all began with a frantic phone call to his phone line on Saturday, 22nd August, 2015, by Agarawu which the former was not picking because he was not with his phone. But Soji Omotayo’s Personal Assistant (P.A.), a young lady, who was also in his house on that day later picked the call and Agarawu asked for her boss whom the P.A. said was resting at the time. Agarawu then asked the P.A. to tell Soji Omotayo to call him soon as he woke up because there was a business to be discussed. And when Soji Omotayo later called Agarawu, he urged Soji Omotayo to see him at his house along Obasanjo Farm in Ota (A town in Ogun State) very early the next day over an MC job he just got for him and Soji Omotayo assured him he will squeeze the time to come before going to church on the` appointed Sunday, 23 august 2015.
Meanwhile, Soji Omotayo then instructed his P.A. who was already preparing to go to her own parent’s house in Abaranje in Ikotun area of Lagos to stay the night in the guest room in his flat so they could go see Agarawu together the next morning. He assured the P. A. that he would drop her off at Iyana-Ipaja when going to church after meeting with Agarawu.
By 6am the next day, Soji Omotayo whose recorded interview with the radio journalist was played during the programme to add credence to the story said Agarawu’s phone call was what woke him up at the dawn of the day.
But in his usual manner according to Soji Omotayo, he would not talk to anybody so early in the morning until he had prayed. So he said he woke his wife up so they could pray together and after the prayer, he called back Agarawu and Agarawu told him he only wanted to remind him of their meeting because it was very important. With his P.A. in tow, Soji Omotayo got into his car and headed straight for Agarawu’s house on that fateful Sunday morning. Soji revealed that Agarawu called him desperately about three times while on the way to monitor his movement but he did not suspect anything untoward.
Entry into the Gate of Death
He added that when he got to Agarawu’s house, he called to inform him that he was at his gate and Agarawu came out promptly and asked him to drive in as they could not be discussing outside. Soji Omotayo said when he parked in the compound, Agarawu led him and his P.A. to his sitting room, locked the door behind them then asked Soji Omotayo if his wife was still in the country as she is based in London.
Soji Omotayo responded that his wife who is generally called ‘Iya Okiki’ was still in the country and Agarawu asked Soji Omotayo to call her as he would like to say hello to ‘Iya Okiki’. When Soji Omotayo put a call through to his wife, he handed the phone to Agarawu and then Agarawu reportedly told the woman that he had just lured her husband to his death because he had discovered that Soji Omotayo was sleeping with his own wife and he was about to kill him right away.
And before the stunned Soji Omotayo could say hey! Agarawu reportedly raised up his dress, pulled out a razor sharp cutlass tucked into his trousers and aimed a stroke at Soji Omotayo’s head. Fortunately for Omotayo, he was able to quickly block the cutlass with his hand and the cutlass bounced back. ’Haha, ise wa lara e…’(so you have juju) was what Agarawu was quoted as saying when he realized the cutlass would not cut his victim. And knowing that if he was able to cut Soji Omotayo’s head with a stroke of the cutlass, the alleged antidote would be neutralized once there was blood, so he kept targeting the head with multiple strokes and Soji Omotayo keep on blocking till Agarawu was finally able to get a stroke on his head which was attended by gushing of blood from Soji Omotayo’s head.
Meanwhile, Agarawu had pushed Soji Omotayo’s P.A. out of the sitting room when she was trying to prevent him from hitting Soji Omotayo with the cutlass before relocking the door, so it was just him and Soji Omotayo inside. And Soji Omotayo kept mustering all the energy still left in him to struggle with Agarawu who kept matchetting different parts of his body ferociously with attendant bleeding. And when it got to a point that Agarawu thought Soji Omotayo was dead and in a pool of his own blood, he opened the door to attack his own wife as well who was part of the pleading with him from the window to leave Soji Omotayo alone. And as soon as Agarawu got out, Soji Omotayo said he struggled to reach the door and locked himself inside so that Agarawu would not come to finish him up.
Omotayo said Agarawu made frantic effort to return to him inside after his wife had taken to her heels for her dear life and that was when a detachment of policemen alerted by some of Agarawu’s neighbors arrived they got into the house, rushed Soji Omotayo to the hospital for immediate medical attention as he was losing too much blood already and Agarawu was locked up that morning. Surprisingly, Agarawu was released later in the afternoon. As at the time the Radio programme ended, Agarawu was said to be nowhere to be found as he is reportedly on the run. Thankfully, Soji Omotayo’s life was saved by the prompt smedical attention of the hospital staff where he was rushed and he was able to relieve the horrifying story.
Before this incident Omotayo and Agarawu were said to be friends and that facilitated the rapport that made his luring Omotayo to his home smooth and without suspicion.
Omotayo is a radio presenter with Faaji FM, a sister company of Africa Independent Television (AIT). He has also worked closely with the popular fuji musician, Abass Obesere.