Police in Ogun state have unraveled the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of a forty- five (45) year- old housewife, Akinde Memunat and a motorcyclist Ibikunle Ajose. The duo went missing on October 1, 2020. Memunat, the fish seller had left her house at the Idoleyin axis of Ado Odo, Ota local government area to a nearby market purposely to buy fish and she contracted a motorcyclist to take her to the said market. But surprisingly, both of them never returned to their home.
When it became obvious that something had gone wrong, the fish seller’s husband went to Ado-Odo police divisional headquarters to lodge complain and the case was formally lodged and the case was later transferred to the anti-kidnapping unit of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department (SCIID) on the order of the Ogun Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who gave the team a matching order to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of the fish seller and the rider within the shortest possible period.
Ogun Police detectives immediately swung into action and embarked on an intelligence and technical based investigation.
Detective efforts paid off when one of the suspects Okediran Monsuru was traced to Badagry in Lagos state and was apprehended. His arrest led to the apprehension of three (3) others.
The four suspects, Okediran Monsuru, Akewusola Wajud, Nupo Pona, Ajaoba Monday, upon interrogation confessed that they work for a notorious land grabber who they identified as ‘Lebo’. According to the suspects narration, they had accosted both the fish seller and her rider along the road at Abisoye village in Ogun state and abducted the duo.
“We accosted them (the fish seller and her rider) along Abisoye road and over powered them because we were more than the two of them. We forcefully took them to an uncompleted building in a bushy area, tied both their hands and legs and later called our boss on phone to inform him that we have succeeded in getting two victims that he requested for,” the suspects confessed individually.
The suspects confessed further that when their boss, Lebo arrived at the uncompleted building where they held their victims’ hostage, he ordered that they kill them.
The trio of Okediran Monsuru, Ajaoba Monday and Akewusola Wajud confessed to have held the victims down while Nupo Pona slaughtered them with a Sharp Cutlass and after killing their victims like a festival ram, a fifth (5) suspect, Dasu Sunday who is an herbalist was called to the hideout and upon his arrival, they all cut the two late victims into pieces and loaded their parts into a sack that was brought by the herbalist who took the parts away for money making ritual.
However, the head of Memunat, the fish seller was eventually recovered from the herbalist shrine.
The five suspects Okediran Monsuru, Ajaoba Monday, Akewusola Wajud, Nupo Pona and Dasu Sunday are all in police custody while a serious manhunt has been launched for their fleeing principal simply known as Lebo.
Ogun police command, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun who commended the investigating team for their determination and resilience in bringing the culprits to book, has directed that the arrested suspects be charged to court without further delay while the search for the principal continue.
Meanwhile, Ogun state security agencies have assured residents of adequate security during yuletide and new year celebration.
In a joint meeting of heads of security agencies in Ogun State that was held yesterday, December 24, 2020 to review the security situation in the State, the meeting appraised various security challenges in the State and once again resolved to tackle them head-on, especially during yuletide and New Year celebrations.
The meeting observed with great concern, the rising rates of cultist clashes among groups in some parts of the state, and have decided to clamp down more heavily on the perpetrators and their accomplices, as security agencies will not be watching while some unscrupulous elements make life unbearable for citizenry.
It was also observed at the meeting with dismay, the incessant attacks on security personnel while performing their legitimate duties. It was therefore resolved that attack on any security operatives under any guise will no longer be tolerated as such act will be met with appropriate force permitted under the law to manage violence.
Rising cases of smuggling at the border areas of the State resulting in violent confrontations with security agencies which at times lead to fatalities was also mentioned at the meeting. It also notes that the Federal government recently reopened four international borders, but that none was opened in Ogun State, so therefore, international borders in the State remain closed, and security operatives will continue to enforce the order and use every means at its disposal to discourage smuggling in the state.
It was jointly resolved that security agencies in the State will continue to work together in waging war against crime and criminality in order to ensure peace and tranquility in every parts of Ogun State, and to sustain its status as one of the most peaceful States in the Country.
Meanwhile, parents have been advised to warn their wards to desist from any act capable of undermining the peace of the State, as such will be met with stiff resistance. The meeting reminds the members of the public that ban on the use of fireworks and street carnival is in force and security agencies will enforce it to the letter.
Among the security agencies present at the meeting are representatives from the Nigeria Police Force, The Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, The Nigeria Customs Service.