Tuesday, October 03, 2017

I got N7,000 for participating in killing GUS winner – Suspect



One of the suspects arrested for the murder of a former winner of Guilder Ultimate Search, Hector Jobarteh, has owned up to his involvement in the crime .

The suspect , 49 -year-old Ismaila Adeyemi , said he got a mobile phone from the valuables carted away from the victim ’ s residence .

He said his brother , Usman Adeyemi, who had also been arrested , helped him to sell the phone for N 7, 000, adding that he gave Usman N 2, 000 from the sum.

PUNCH Metro had reported that some assailants had , on September 3, 2017, trailed 38 -year-old Jobarteh to his house on Olufowora Close, New Oko-Oba, Agege, from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, and shot him dead .

It was said the deceased had gone to pick his younger brother , who arrived from abroad, at the airport.

Apart from Ismaila and Usman, four other suspects , including an Uber driver , who took the gang to the victim ’ s house , and the buyers of the phone, had been apprehended .

Ismaila , who was paraded on Monday at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja, told our correspondent that one Nonso , KK and him stormed the house that Jobarteh’ s lived on a robbery mission that day.

The father of two children explained that a lady, who is still at large , led them to the residence , adding that the deceased’ s father was shot in the attack .

He said, “ I knew KK through Nonso , whom I worked with in a filling station in Apapa some years back. I met Nonso about five months ago and I gave him the address of where I live in Sango , Ogun State . KK just came back from abroad that time.

“ I did not know who the man was before the operation . On that day, we parked at a filling station around his house and a lady came to meet KK. After a while , he received a call from the lady and we saw the man ( Jobarteh) drove into the close .

“ We followed him, but did not know where he entered . KK approached a woman and lied to her that the man’ s car hit his and he sped off . He begged her to direct us to where the man entered and she did . When we got into the building , we saw the car and met another lady on the premises .

“ KK asked the lady to lead us to the man’ s apartment , but she declined . It was when he pointed a gun at the woman that she complied and took KK upstairs . He called us to come upstairs , but by the time we got to a living room upstairs, he had shot the man’ s father in the hand. ”

The native of Osogbo , Osun State said the gunshot prompted Jobarteh to come out from a room to the living room, where KK
immediately gunned him down .

“ I did not shoot at all, although I was holding a gun too . I quarrelled with KK for shooting them, because our plan was just to rob . He threatened to shoot me and I kept quiet. It was a pair of shoes and flowers that were in the bag we collected from him. We didn’ t find money there.

“ I took away only his white handset while
KK went with the bag . I gave the phone to my brother , Usman, to help me sell it. He said he sold it for N 7, 000. I collected N 5, 000 and gave him N 2, 000, ” he added.

However , the state Commissioner of Police , Edgar Imohimi , who paraded Adeyemi , said he shot the GUS winner.

He added that the command would not stop until other suspects involved in the murder were arrested.

Imohimi said , “ I am glad to announce to you that after weeks of extensive manhunt , the principal suspect , Ismail Adeyemi , who pulled the trigger that killed the victim, has been arrested and he confessed to the crime .

“ He also admitted to other various criminal activities within the state . The suspect led operatives to Sango Gasline, Ijoko, where his operational revolver pistol with nine rounds off live ammunition was recovered . ”

Briefing journalists on the recent operations of the command across the state , the CP explained that 19 suspected armed robbers, terrorising residents of Ogombo , Sangotedo, Elemoro, Ikota , Ajah communities, among others, had been arrested .

“ Within the period under review, 11 vehicles of different brands stolen at gunpoint from Lagos State and sold at Enugu State were tracked and recovered from hoodlums . Ten suspects , who specialise in robbing victims at gunpoint and driving the vehicles to Enugu State with forged number plates , were also arrested . The police recovered six vehicles and returned them to Lagos State . ”

Names of the suspects were given as Abomi James, 34 ; Omokaro Efe , 48 ; Joseph Uzuazomaro , 31 ; Chukwudi Onyemara, 27 ;

Malvin Umeh, 33 ; Nisma Uttah, 33 ; Samuel Shokumbi, 34 ; Ahmed Waheed , 33 ; Agustine Uchenna , 47 and 39 -year-old Udoh Benedict.
“ Members of the public who are victims are hereby advised to come to the command and check the vehicles for possible identification .
The vehicles are Toyota Camry with number plate , FKJ 715 ES; Toyota Camry, FGG 636 MC ; Toyota Matrix , EPE 429 DJ ; Mercedes Benz Formatic , KRD 68 ES; Acura MDX, EKY 534 BX; Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla , among others, ” the CP added

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