Mastermind of Abeokuta couple’s death on New Year day confesses

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Abeokuta, Feb. 10, 2023 – The Ogun State Police Command on Friday paraded one Lekan Adekanbi as the alleged mastermind of the murder of a couple Mr Kehinde and Bukola Fatinoye on 2023 New Year Day in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Adekanbi confessed to the crime during interrogation at the parade held at Ogun State Police Command Headquarters, Eleweran, in Abeokuta.

He said he arranged the killing of the couple because they refused to increase his salary.

The suspect said he enlisted the help of two suspected cultists to kill the couple and also killed their son, Oreoluwa, who they threw into a river.

Adekanbi, who has been the couple’s driver since 2008, confessed that he invited two others, Ahmed Odetola a.k.a Akamo and Waheed Adeniyi a.k.a Koffi to join him to attack the couple.

“I took the step because the couple refused to increase my salary, and when I approached them for a loan to buy a motorcycle, they didn’t oblige.

“Since that failed, I gave the deceased my Access Bank account to which the sum of N1,102,000 (One million one hundred and two thousand) was transferred at gunpoint.

“When I realised that my identity had been known through my bank account, I decided, with others, to terminate the couple.

“That was when Waheed Adeniyi a.k.a Koffi took a knife from their kitchen and slaughtered the husband, Kehinde Fatinoye, while I used sledge hammer to hit the wife, Bukola Fatinoye, on the head and she died on the spot.

Adekanbi said that while the robbery was on, Oreoluwa and the couple’s adopted son, Felix Olorunyomi, entered. 

They were immediately seized, beaten and their hands fastened with ropes behind their back.

The sons were subsequently driven to Ogun River Bridge at Adigbe and thrown into the river.

Briefing newsmen about how the suspects were arrested, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said it was after painstaking intelligence investigation.

“In the course of investigation, Lekan Adekanbi, a driver to the deceased family, was arrested based on circumstantial evidence while investigation continues.

“The suspect, Lekan Adekanbi, suddenly collapsed in the cell on the 2nd of January 2023, and he was rushed to the hospital for medical care.

“But while in the hospital receiving treatment, he suddenly jumped from the bed and escaped through the fence of the hospital.

“His escape further confirmed the police suspicion of his involvement in the intelligence-driven the Commissioner of Police ordered the State anti-kidnapping unit to join forces with the homicide unit in order to get the escaped driver and his accomplices arrested.

“The two teams, in compliance with the CP’s directive, embarked on a technical and intelligence-driven investigation and traced the movement of the suspect to his elder brother in Iseyin, Oyo State, but he had left the place before the arrival of the police.

“The teams further intensified their efforts which yielded positive results when Lekan Adekanbi was apprehended in his hideout somewhere in Abeokuta on the 21st of January 2023.

“Waheed Adeniyi a.k.a Koffi and Ahmed Odetola a.k.a Akamo were apprehended at Ogere on Thursday 9th of February 2023.

“The three suspects who are members of Aiye confraternity have all confessed to their various roles in the gruesome and callous murder of the family,” the police spokesman said. (GBN)

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