Police authorities in Ogun State have arrested four suspected killers of a Point of Service (PoS) terminal operator, Abiodun Odebunmi, and an Uber driver, Idowu Ademiluyi.
Police spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspects – Kehinde Jelili, Oluomo, Abiodun Akinola, Johnson Fakeye, and Jamiu Akinola – allegedly set ablaze Odebunmi’s remains after stealing N4m from him.
While noting that the suspects were members of a syndicate which specialized in robbing PoS and Uber operators in the state, he said they were nabbed on Wednesday following a report lodged at the Onipanu Divisional Police headquarters by a PoS attendant, Aanu Salaudeen.
Oyeyemi explained that Salaudeen, who worked for Odebunmi, reported that her boss left their office at Aparadija the previous day to meet a customer and had gone missing since then.
“According to Salaudeen, they had earlier done a transaction of N1.5m with the person who invited her boss the previous day, and it was the same person who called her boss to meet him at Oju-Ore to do another PoS transaction of N4m,” the statement partly read.
“Upon the report, the policemen at Onipanu commenced investigation into the sudden disappearance of the man. Their efforts paid off when the burnt body of the victim was discovered in an uncompleted building at the Arobieye area of Ota without any trace of his assailants.
“The CSP Femi Olabode-led homicide team, in compliance with the CP’s directive, embarked on technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to Otun Ekiti in Ekiti State, where the suspect was discovered to be hibernating.
“On getting to Ekiti, the suspect got wind of the presence of the detectives and quickly escaped to Offa in Kwara State.
“With determination to apprehend him, the team continued trailing him and they later got information that he was in Benin Republic, where he had gone to attend the court session of Chief Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, after which he would soon be coming to Nigeria.
“Having got the information about the day he would be returning to Nigeria, the team laid ambush for him and got him arrested at a boundary community between Ogun and Lagos states.
“On interrogation, Kehinde Jelili, who claimed to be a native of Apomu in Osun State, confessed to killing the victim.”