A group of robbers arraigned from their hideout in Ajelogo, Mile 12 on Thursday, October 17, 2014 were on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 paraded by the Lagos State Police Command for killing a former Assistant Editor of the Newswatch newspapers, Mr. Toyin Obadina from Ogun state.
The 50-year-old Obadina was shot at about 1 am in Ikorodu, Lagos by some gunmen in two Sports Utility Vehicles and he died the following day in a hospital during a surgical operation to remove the bullets.
According to the police, four suspects: Adeshina Festus, Sunday Samuel, Ibrahim Adeokin and Babatunde Makinde were arrested while two others-identified simply as Oke and Benjamin- were killed by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad during another operation, Punch reports.
Narrating the story, one of the suspects Festus, 21, said, “On that night, I drove one of the two SUVs. When the man was approaching, we blocked his vehicle at a bad portion of the Ikorodu Road. After he was forced to stop, our ring leaders in the other vehicle, Oke and Benjamin, went to meet him.
“I and the others stayed back. As this went on, we noticed that an argument ensued between them, and Oke shot him. The editor probably felt only the two robbers were at the spot, and he was trying to defend himself.
“I joined the gang for operations around January. We have gone on about three operations. We operated on Itamaga Road, Ikorodu Road and Ishaga. Our robbery was only on the highway. I was working as a commercial driver before I joined the gang. It was Oke who brought the two guns that we were using. We usually started from around 8pm till midnight. We were six in the gang.”
A second suspect, Samuel, 22, from Udu, Delta State, added, “Oke our leader had carried the journalist’s laptop, and the man dragged the property with him. In annoyance, he shot him in the chest. I was part of the gang. I was inside the second vehicle. Oke and Benjamin were inside the Toyota Sienna that blocked the journalist’s vehicle.
“After shooting the journalist, we immediately drove away. We were all furious with Oke for shooting him. But we were afraid so that he would not shoot us too because he was a violent man. He had shot Babatunde before. After two weeks, we went again to Mile 12 for another robbery, and it was in the process that the police caught us, and they killed Oke during that operation.”
Meanwhile, it was learnt that two of the suspects, Olasheu and Omo Alhaja, were yet to be arraigned.
Reacting to the development, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Cornelius Aderanti, said, “We were able to recover two locally-made single-barrelled guns, 12 rounds of live cartridges, one Nissan Xtera and one Toyota Yaris car from the gang. The suspects were apprehended by a team of crack detectives led by Operations Commander, SARS, Abba Kyari.
“Like in all climes, investigations can drag on for years, but eventually the suspects will be hunted down. Therefore, the police have been able to round up the people behind this unfortunate incident. They will be made to pay for their deeds.”