The Ekiti State Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun corps has arrested two suspects for allegedly killing a motorcyclist and burying his corpse in a farm in Itagbaji, Ikole local government area of Ekiti State.
The Amotekun corps commander, Brig. Gen. Joe Komolafe(retd) said the two suspects, Ayo Lawal and Jimoh Ojo in connivance with three others murdered the motorcyclist simply identified as Isaac with the aim of selling his motorcycle to raise money.
He added that the suspects were handed over to the state command of the Police for further investigation and prosecution.
Lawal, while being paraded at the police headquarters on Friday said that he committed the nefarious crime to raise money to purchase yam tubers for the 2020/2021 planting season.
He named other suspects to be Jimoh Ojo, Sule Abdullahi and one person named Wonder,
Isaac was said to have conveyed the suspects from Ikole to a farmstead at Itapagbaji Ekiti, where he was murdered and the body interred in a shallow grave in a farm belonging to Ayo Lawal.
Lawal said he was prodded by Abdullahi, who is now at large to commit the heinous crime.
He said, “It was Abdullahi that said we should kill the deceased so that he could go to Okenne, Kogi State and sell the motorbike with the intention to use my own share to buy yam tubers for the next year’s planting season.”
During the parade, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Sunday Abutu said two of the suspects had been arrested and had confessed to the commission of the crime.
He said the police are on the trail of Abdullahi and Wonder, who had allegedly bolted with the motorbike to Kogi State.
“Following a tip-off, the Command’s operatives had on 24th November 2020 arrested Ayo Lawal and Jimoh Ojo and they had made a confessional statement. We are assuring you that those who at large will be arrested soon,” he said.
Abutu also paraded one Yakubu Aliyu, who was arrested for alleged kidnapping inside a forest at Ilemesho Ekiti in Oye local government.
The PPRO added, “During interrogation, Aliyu confessed to being a member of kidnap syndicate that kidnapped Mr Folorunso Olabode, former Commissioner for Agriculture to Governor Kayode Fayemi.
“Other gang members mentioned include Dani, Gide, Danja, Bello, Sidi, Babi, Ali and Wada. Both Wada and Bello Mohammed had earlier been arrested, prosecuted and now being imprisoned at the Ekiti State correctional centre.”
“We have invited the former Commissioner for Agriculture to come and identify them. But the suspects said that all the faces of their victims were being covered and that it will be difficult for anyone to identify their faces.”
On the restoration of the Police stations back to Ikere Ekiti after the violent EndSARS protest, Abutu added that the Area Command in the town had been restored with over 100 policemen on guard to work for the safety of the people.