Police operatives have launched a manhunt to apprehend a man identified only as John, who allegedly murdered his 47-year-old friend, Idris Alaba, and dumped his mutilated remains at an uncompleted building in the Makun, Sagamu area of Ogun State.
The fleeing suspect was a member of a vigilance group in Ibafo, Owode Local Government Area, which the deceased was the head until his demise.
According to Punch, John and Alaba had reportedly left for Makun on Sunday, May 3, 2015 to guard a facility, but the former, a father of four, did not return to his house on Ajumobi Street, creating anxiety in his family.
A resident of Ajumobi, Boye Ajayi, revealed that John’s children gave them a clue that led to the recovery of Alaba’s corpse which was found without his eyes.
He said, “Everybody became worried when it was 10pm and Baba Ruka (Alaba) had not come back home that Sunday. None of his family members were around when he and John left. But we knew he and John were close friends. The following day, when we went to John’s house, his two sons had packed their luggage. They told us they heard their father saying he was going to Makun with Baba Ruka.
“Other members of the vigilance group confirmed that there was a facility that the duo guard in Makun. We took the children to the police station and headed for the place. We found his corpse there with his two eyes removed.”
Meanwhile, a ource from the police said, “We interrogated the children and they told us that their father had warned that he might never come back home again.
“His children were packing from the area when they were brought to the station. We are keeping them in the station because they may be attacked by the family members of the deceased.”
It was gathered on Saturday, May 16, 2015 that the family members of the deceased have relocated to Iwo, Osun State, where he hailed from.
Describing the deceased, one of his tenants, Kazeem, said his landlord’s death was a shock to residents.
He said, “I was shocked on Monday when I heard that his corpse was found in Sagamu. He was very generous to us. His family had relocated to Iwo since Wednesday.”
Also speaking on the incident was a resident, Imam Abdulwaheed, who said, “He was the one supervising security guards in this area. We ran to him whenever we had challenges. He was a leader of the Ogun State Vigilance Group.”
Confirming the incident, the state police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the case had been transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation, Eleweran, Abeokuta.
He said, “The deceased left for Makun with his friend on the evening of May 3, 2015, to supervise a building project. He was declared missing the following day by his family and his corpse was later found at Makun. His two eyes had been removed, but we have not ascertained how he was killed. We are awaiting the result of an autopsy to know the primary cause of his death.
“The suspect’s children are now with the police for protection. The commissioner of police is aware of the incident. We are on the trail of the suspect. He has a case to answer.”