Octogenarian Held For Murder


An 82-year old resident of Ogosa Village in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria, identified as Ezekiel Idowu, and other suspects are now in police net over the gruesome murder of a young man at his compound recently.

According to the residents of Ogosa Village, at about 3 a.m. on Monday, they heard a man crying and pleading in pidgin English that he should not be killed because he did not commit any offence.

“We thought it was the men of the vigilance group that arrested a robbery suspect but later we mobilised ourselves and traced where the sound was coming from.

“All of a sudden we saw a black sport utility vehicle, SUV, with security light on its roof and some men inside the vehicle armed with double-barrel guns coming from the direction of the old man’s house. The vehicle was on high speed and it escaped from the village immediately,” one of the villagers told P.M.NEWS.

Suspecting a foul play, the villagers went straight to Ezekiel’s house and demanded to know what was happening in his compound and the shout of man that had been disturbing the peace of the village.

He told the villagers that the occupants of the SUV they saw were his in-laws, and that they were drunk. Not satisfied with his answer, the villagers searched the compound and saw blood in a pit at the back of his house.

When questioned about the blood, he could not give a satisfactory answer. He told them that some police officers brought a man they claimed was an armed robber to his house and killed him at the spot they saw the blood.

The community leaders immediately called the police at Idiroko who came to arrest the old man. After making useful statement’s at the police station his friend was also arrested at his house in Koko village.

The amputated hand of the victim was found in a polythene bag inside the house and a human skull wrapped in white cloth was also discovered.

The Divisional Police Officer at Idiroko later led a team that went to Sango-Ota in search of other suspects.

Meanwhile, the police officers succeeded in arresting the owner of the SUV that was used to perpetrate the act. The owner is a popular man at Sango-Ota who claimed to be a security man.

He is presently assisting the police in their investigation.

As at the time of filing this report, all the suspects arrested have been moved to the state Police Headquarters, Eleweeran, Abeokuta.

The corpse of the young man was later found by the road side at Ilase village near Ogosa where it was dumped by the culprits.

The chairman, Ogosa Central Community Development Association, Pastor Peter Kusuali, commended the police for their quick response and the arrest of the suspects.

—Adefemi Omoniyi/Idiroko

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