The Governor of Kwara has directed an investigation into the reported homicide of a media personality.


The lifeless body of Yusuf Mubarak, a 27-year-old media personality who had been reported missing in Kwara State, has been discovered.

Mubarak was last seen in the vicinity of the Federal Secretariat area on Federal Road in Ilorin around 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. Following his disappearance, he remained unreachable until his lifeless body was found along the Unity Road area of Ilorin metropolis on Saturday, September 16.

The news of his tragic demise was confirmed by journalist Saeed Tijjani in a Facebook post. Tijjani wrote, “Distinguished Friends and Lovers of Yusuf Mubaraq Authority, we regret to announce and confirm the unfortunate death of our brother who was declared missing yesterday. May Allah accept his return unto Him, forgive his sins, reward him with Janah, and abide with all that he left behind.”

In response to this heartbreaking development, Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has directed security agencies to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. A statement issued by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, expressed shock and sorrow over the unclear circumstances surrounding Yusuf Mubaarak’s death. The statement mentioned that Mubaarak, a new media personality from Ilorin, had gone missing on Wednesday night but was later discovered deceased in the Unity area of the state capital. He was laid to rest on Saturday evening in Ilorin, amidst tears from friends, associates, and acquaintances.

The statement further read, “The Governor sends his heartfelt condolences to the family of Mubaarak, his friends, and all the youth constituencies in the state. The Governor, himself a father, strongly condemns the cowardly violence meted to the lad and demands immediate and thorough investigation into the death of the promising chap to arrest and bring his assailants to justice. No resources should be spared to get justice for Mubaarak and his family. We charge the security agencies to cast their nets as widely as possible to answer all pending questions around his painful death. The Governor prays Allah to grant Mubaarak Al-Jannah Firdaus and comfort his family and everyone who mourns the promising lad.”

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, also expressed his condolences and called for a comprehensive investigation into the case. He emphasized the need to address security challenges urgently and protect the youth, stating, “We must do everything to protect our young people. As we mourn Yusuf’s passing, it is my deepest prayer that his family and loved ones find all the comfort that they need at this difficult time — and may our authorities be empowered to comprehensively investigate this case and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

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