Lagos Police exhume four corpses dumped in Septic Tank for autopsy

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The abandoned building with the septic tank and one of the suspects

The abandoned building with the septic tank and one of the suspects

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday exhumed four corpses dumped in a septic tank in Ikorodu area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria for autopsy.

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of the four persons.

A statement issued by Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana said on 14 March, 2019, at about 5:50pm, the command received a complaint from Ikorodu area that some unidentified persons approached one Alhaji Yakubu Musa and Alhaji Hassan Umaru, both operators of Bureau de Change at Benson area, Ikorodu and informed them that they have a relation who returned from overseas and needed to sell 10,000 US Dollars.

“They initially requested that payment will be made in a bank in Ikorodu but on getting to the bank, the suspects moved the operators to an unknown destination and started demanding for ransom from their friends and relatives. That despite paying the sum of one million, six hundred thousand Naira as ransom, the abductors refused to release the victims and nothing more was heard from them. The victims phones remained switched off,” he explained.

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Elkana said the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Zubairu Muazu detailed the Commander, Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) to carryout an in depth investigation into the matter with a view of rescuing the victims and apprehending the suspects.

He disclosed that operatives from SARS, Ipakodo base led by SP Godfrey Soriwei arrested three suspects, namely; Oluwatosin Olanrewaju, 40; Mayowa Olawuni, a.k.a General and Babatunde Idris, a.k.a Aloma.

“The suspects confessed to the commission of the crime and led operatives to their den in Ikorodu where they dumped the corpses in a septic tank. Two locally made single barrel guns with five live cartridges, one locally made gun with three ammunition, one locally made revolver pistol with three live ammunition, one cutlass, one axe and some charms were recovered from them.

“Investigation revealed that the suspects had at various times used the abandoned company as their den, where all their targets are killed and dumped in the septic tank. As part of the investigation, four decomposed bodies were today, recovered from the septic tank for autopsy.

“The suspects confessed to have killed the other two rival cult members and dumped them in the septic tank before killing the two Bureau de change operators. They are currently assisting the police in the arrest of the other fleeing members of the gang. Investigation is ongoing, suspects will be charged to Court as soon as investigation is completed,” Elkana said.

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