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Police arrest suspected killers of Ekiti Assembly lawmaker, Adedeji Michael

The Police Command in Ekiti State said on Tuesday that it had arrested a six-man robbery gang that allegedly killed Michael Adedeji, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state House of Assembly.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adedeji, who until his murder was representing Ekiti Southwest Constituency (II), was shot in the head by the hoodlums on August 10, 2018.

The suspected bandits, who police said, had already made confessional statements were paraded by the new Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Asuquo Amba, in Ado Ekiti.

The suspects, according to the CP, also allegedly killed one Kayode Omowaye when they raided OJAS Pleasure Hotels in Oye Ekiti on August 10, 2018.

Parading the suspects, the CP gave names of those arrested in connection with the murder of Adedeji as Dele Obamoyegun, Idowu Sunday, Adeniyi Wumi, Leye Ojo, Akindanhunsi Damilola and Olaosebikan Babatunde.

NAN reports that Exhibits recovered from them include Cut-to-size barrel guns, 17 live cartridges, 75 handsets, seven laptops, cash sum of  N147,000, four stolen vehicles, one of them belonging to the late Omowaye.

The CP said the suspects were arrested by men and officers of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad during a stop-and-search operation along Ado-Iworoko road.

When interviewed  by newsmen, the gang leader, Obamoyegun confessed to the crime, saying, “We shot him (Adedeji) after robbing him. He did not struggle with us but one of us shot him. I have to confess; we didn’t know he was a lawmaker.”

The CP said that the gang also invaded Afe Babalola University junior staff quarters and snatched a car belonging to one Mrs Bosede Ojo.

He said that most disturbing was that Dele’s mother, Bola Obamoyegun was the one accepting and concealing stolen items for the gang led by his son.

“Dele’s mother was the one concealing stolen items for them. As we speak, two of her children had earlier been convicted for robbery and this to us was a failure of motherhood.

“Our parents must learn how to make their children responsible.”

Amba hinted that the Command was synergizing with the army and other sister security agencies in the state to ensure that all the border towns were safe for the citizens.


Four perish in Ondo road crash

No fewer than four persons were reportedly burnt to death in a road accident that occurred on Benin-Lagos Expressway at Omotoso town in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Monday.

According to a source, the bus, with registration number MNY 406 XA, was carrying eight passengers, four of whom died while others sustained injuries.

It was gathered that the Toyota Hiace bus was reportedly coming from Lagos and heading towards Benin.

The source said one of its tyres burst, causing the vehicle to summersault several times before going up in flames killing four of the occupants.

Confirming the incident to our correspondent, the  Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Mr. Rotimi Adeleye, said the vehicle’s tyre got damaged before it somersaulted while on motion.

He said, “The accident was as a result of speeding. That is why we are appealing to the drivers to mind their speed while traveling, if the speed was not much, the impact of the accident would not have been much.”

He added that the victims had been taken to a hospital in Ore.