The police in Edo State have confirmed the death of a lawyer in the state, Iyoha Osobase Omon after his killers were said to have confessed to the crime and led a police team to the shallow grave where he was buried in Benin City the Edo State capital.
The command in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Dsp Chidi Nwabuzor, said Osobase’s remains were on Tuesday exhumed by pathologists from the Central Hospital Benin City and taken to the hospital’s mortuary for autopsy.
According to the police, the command received a complaint on May 7, 2020, that barrister Omon, (41 years old) had been kidnapped by one Osasu Osadolor and his gang members at Evbuomodu village, Aduwawa, Benin City.
It said after preliminary investigations, operatives of the anti-kidnapping and cybercrime unit immediately took over the case from the Aduwawa division.
It also noted that on May 19, 2020, the alleged kidnap kingpin, Osadolor, was arrested with a black coloured Lexus 330 jeep reg. No. Ben-374-cu, said to have been used in kidnapping the victim.
Police operatives of the unit were also said to have (on May 26, 2020), arrested three additional suspects namely: Uwadia Taiwo Uhunmwangho (38 years old), John Oke (30 years old) and Saturday Imagbe (40 years old) with one Audi 80 car reg. No. Ca-956-ben also used in kidnapping the victim.
The suspects were said to have confessed to beating up the victim and later dropped him somewhere along old Benin-Auchi Road, Aduwawa, Benin City.
The police statement further revealed that on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the operatives arrested two more gang members, one Leonard David (21 years old) and Valentine Dibie (24 years old).
They maintained that all the suspects confessed to conspiracy, kidnapping and the murder of Mr. Omon whom they allegedly killed and buried in a bush close to his house at Aduwawa, Benin City.