By Lolo Ayaba
Operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command have arrested three suspects in connection with four corpses recovered inside a septic tank at Ikorodu area of Lagos.
The decomposing corpses were identified by policemen as remains of two bureau de change operators: Alhaji Yakubu Musa and Alhaji Hassan Umaru and two other cultists who were allegedly murdered by the arrested suspects.
It was learned that the corpses were recovered after police received a complaint from Ikorodu area that some unidentified persons approached the two bureau de change operators and informed them that they have a relation who returned from overseas and need to sell 10,000 US Dollars.
Unknown to the duo that they were robbers, the operators initially requested that payment be made in a Bank at Ikorodu but on getting to the Bank, the suspects moved the operators to an unknown destination and started demanding for ransom from their friends and relatives.
Newsbeats gathered that despite paying the sum of One Million, Six Hundred Thousand Naira as ransom, the abductors refused to release the victims and nothing more was heard from them. The victims’ phones remained switched off.
Sequel to the report, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State Zubairu Muazu detailed the Commander, Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) to carryout an in depth investigation into the matter with a view to rescuing the victims and apprehending the suspects. Operatives from SARS Ipakodo base led by SP Godfrey Soriwei arrested three suspects
The suspects identified as: Oluwatosin Olanrewaju(40), Mayowa Olawuni a.k.a General and Babatunde Idris a.k.a Aloma confessed to the committing the crime and led operatives to their den at Ikorodu where they dumped the corpse in a septic tank.
Also two (2) locally made single barrel guns with five live cartridges, one locally made gun with three ammunition, one locally made revolver pistol with three(3) live ammunition, one cutlass, one axe and some charms were recovered from them.
Confirming the arrest the spokesperson Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana said “investigation revealed that the suspects had at various times used the abandoned company as their den, where all their targets are killed and dumped in the sceptic tank. As part of the investigation, four decomposed bodies were today, 9/5/2019 recovered from the septic tank for autopsy. The suspects confessed to have killed the other two rival cult members and dumped them in the septic tank before killing the two Bureau de change operators. The suspects are currently assisting the police in the arrest of the other fleeing members of the gang. Investigation is ongoing, suspects will be charged to Court as soon as investigation is completed. Meanwhile the four corpses have been taken to the laboratory for autopsy.”