Friday 10 February 2023

Police parade suspects in New Year’s Day murder of three family members in Ogun– driver confesses

The police have paraded five suspects in the gruesome murder of a Central Bank staffer, Kehinde Fatinoye, his wife Bukola and their son, Oreoluwa, on New Year’s Day in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The suspects were paraded on Friday at the police state headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta.

The prime suspect in the gruesome New Year day murder of the late Kehinde and Bukola Fatinoye and their son, Lekan Adekanbi has confessed to being the mastermind behind the killing.

Adekanbi, the late couple’s driver since 2010, said he carried out the dastardly act in order to forcefully get money from the victims as well as their refusal to increase his salary and grant him a loan request.

The prime suspect revealed that he invited two others, Ahmed Odetola a.k.a Akamo, and Waheed Adeniyi a.k.a Koffi to join him to execute his plans.

Adekanbi spoke after he was paraded at the State Police Command headquarters ,Eleweran, Abeokuta.

He explained that they waited for the family to come back from New year eve service, before carrying out their operation.

His words: “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”.

Narrating how they got access to the couple’s compound, he disclosed that they had access to the house despite an Alsatian dog mount at the gate because the dog is familiar with him being the person who always fed it.

Adekanbi said, having got hold of the couple, they forced the husband, Kehinde Fatinoye to transfer money from his account to a “Kuda” bank account of Ahmed Odetola, but the transfer failed.

His words: “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 realized that my identity had been known through my bank account, I decided with others to terminate the lives of 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.”

Adekanbi noted that while the operation was going on, “the only son of the deceased, Oreoluwa Fatinoye, and their adopted son, Felix Olorunyomi walked in and they were pounced on and we tied their hands with rope and drove them to Ogun River Bridge at Adigbe where we threw the two of them into the river.”

While parading the suspect, the Command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspects were all arrested following painstaking intelligence based investigation embarked upon by men of the Command, as a result of the gruesome murder of the couple and their only son Oreoluwa Fatinoye.

Oyeyemi said, “in the course of investigation, one Lekan Adekanbi, a driver to the deceased family, was arrested based on circumstantial evidence, while investigation continues.

The arrested suspect, Lekan Adekanbi suddenly collapsed in the cell on the 2nd of January 2023, and he 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 in the intelligence-driven investigation and the Commissioner of Police ordered the state anti-kidnapping unit to join forces with the homicide unit in order to get the escaped driver and his accomplices arrested,” he stated.

Oyeyemi said 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.

He added “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 both 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.”


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