Lekan Adekanbi, the prime suspect in the murder of a former employee of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Kehinde and his wife, Bukola, on New Year Day in Ogun State, says he killed the couple and their only son, Oreoluwa, over salary and loan.
Adekanbi, who was the driver of the deceased, said he masterminded the crime after the couple allegedly declined his request for increase in salary and loan.
The suspects were arrested 40 days after the couple and their son were killed in their residence in Ibara GRA, Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, on January 1.
The assailants had reportedly trailed the couple from their church where they had gone to observe the crossover service. After killing them, they set their corpses and the house ablaze.
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The attackers also abducted their son, Oreoluwa and their adopted son and later threw them into a river.
The decomposing corpse of Oreoluwa was discovered floating on the river, while the adopted son escaped with injuries.
Few days after the incident, the police arrested Adekanbi whom the adopted son, Felix had identified as one of the suspected killers when he (Felix) was brought in by the police to identify the corpse of Oreoluwa by the river bank.
Adekanbi, who is said to the driver of the couple, later escaped from police custody and was declared wanted by the police.
The suspect, who spoke when he was paraded by the Ogun State Police Command on Friday, claimed he contracted two cult members to eliminate the family.
He said, “I took the step because the couple refused to increase my salary, and when I approached them for a loan to buy a motorcycle, they didn’t oblige.
“Since that failed, I gave the deceased my Access Bank account to which the sum of N1,102,000 (One million one hundred and two thousand) was transferred at gunpoint.
“When I realised that my identity had been known through my bank account, I decided with others to terminate the couple. That was when Waheed Adeniyi a.k.a Koffi took a knife from their kitchen and slaughtered the husband, Kehinde Fatinoye, while I used sledge hammer to hit the wife, Bukola Fatinoye, on the head and she died on the spot.”
Briefing newsmen about how the suspects were arrested, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said, “In the course of the investigation, Lekan Adekanbi, a driver to the deceased family, was arrested based on circumstantial evidence while the investigation continues.
“The suspect, Lekan Adekanbi suddenly collapsed in the cell on the 2nd of January 2023 and was rushed to the hospital for medical care.
“But while in the hospital receiving treatment, he suddenly jumped from the bed and escaped through the fence of the hospital.
“His escape further confirmed the police suspicion of his involvement through the intelligence-driven investigation by the Commissioner of Police who ordered the State anti-kidnapping unit to join forces with the homicide unit in order to get the escaped driver and his accomplices arrested.
“The two teams, in compliance with the CP’s directive, embarked on a technical and intelligence-driven investigation and traced the movement of the suspect to his elder brother in Iseyin, Oyo State but he had left the place before the arrival of the police.
“The teams further intensified their efforts which yielded positive results when Lekan Adekanbi was apprehended in his hideout somewhere in Abeokuta on the 21st of January 2023.
“Waheed Adeniyi a.k.a Koffi and Ahmed Odetola a.k.a Akamo were apprehended at Ogere on Thursday 9th of February 2023.
“The three suspects who are members of Aiye confraternity have all confessed to their various roles in the gruesome and callous murder of the family.”