An undergraduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Daniel Ameh, arrested for allegedly killing Kudus Anifowose, at Ikorodu, Lagos State, has denied having a hand in the death.
Anifowose, who was abducted by unknown persons on October 18, at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, was later found dead with some of his vital organs missing in an uncompleted building located three buildings away from his parents’ house at Igbogbo.
Ameh, a 200-level Education student, maintained that though he saw Anifowose on the day the boy went missing, he did not walk along the street with him, as was being allege.
The suspect is being detained at the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID), Yaba, Lagos.
Narrating incidents that happened on the day the deceased went missing, Ameh said, “On Monday October 14, 2019, I went to the hospital with my grandmother. I was diagnosed of malaria and typhoid fever and given some medicines.
“On the same day, I posted something on my WhatsApp status and the deceased’s sister, Tawa, who is my friend, replied by asking why I didn’t come to check on her when I knew she was around. I went to see her in the evening of the same day and met her plaiting her hair.
“Kudus rushed inside, took his brother’s slippers and told them he was going to his friend’s house. As I was going home, I told his elder brother, Alamini, to open the gate for me. When I stepped out, I saw Kudus standing with some Arabic students, all boys. They were watching a movie on his phone. I went closer to him and asked if he had any movie on his phone. He said yes and I told him to transfer it to me. He sent me an Indian film.”
He said later around 9pm, he saw Kudus’ mum and some women going around and they said they were looking for Kudus. He added that he was asked if he knew Kudus whereabout, to which he said ‘No’, and that he and his grandmother joined in searching for the deceased before returning home around 3am.
Ameh said he left for school on Wednesday only to receive calls from home that he was being accused of killing Kudus.
He said, “Some people in the community even said they saw me in Ikorodu, that I was not in school. One of my aunties called to say that my attention was needed at the police station to defend myself. My grandmother even called to ask if I knew anything concerning the tragedy, and, of course, I said no.
“To my surprise, I was told that the missing boy was found dead in the same uncompleted building his mother and other youths had searched. I was forced to leave school for Lagos last Tuesday, when I was told that my grandmother was beaten and detained at the station, pending when I would show up. She was released when I got to the Ikorodu police station.”