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Police arrests killers of Ekiti lawmaker, parades cultists, robbers

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The police in Ekiti state has apprehended a six-man robbery gang who allegedly killed member of the House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Adedeji.

Adedeji, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Lawmaker that represented Ekiti southwest constituency II, was shot in the head by the robbers on August 10, 2018 along Onigaari, GRA, Ado Ekiti capital city.

Those arrested and paraded in connection with the gruesome murder of Adedeji were: Dele Obamoyegun, Idowu Sunday, Adeniyi Wumi, Leye Ojo, Akindanhunsi Damilola and Olaosebikan Babatunde.

Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Asuquo Amba, revealed that the suspects were arrested by men and officers of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, during a stop and search operation carried out along Ado-Iworoko road.

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However, one of the robbers said they did not know he was a lawmaker. Speaking during the parade at the Command headquarters in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, Dele Obamoyegun said “We shot him (Adedeji) after robbing him. He did not struggle with us but one of us shot him. I have to confess, we didn’t know he was a lawmaker.”

The police recovered cut-to-size guns, 17 live cartridges, 75 handsets, seven laptops, cash sum of N147,000, four stolen vehicles, one of them belonging to another victim,  the late Omowaye, among others.

CP Amba noted that the most disturbing was that Dele’s mother, Bola Obamoyegun, was the one accepting and concealing stolen items for the aforementioned robbery gang being led by his son.

“Dele’s mother was the one concealing stolen items for them. As we speak, two of her children had been convicted for robbery and this to us was a failure of motherhood. Our parents must learn how to make their children responsible,” he said.

The CP added that the gang also killed one Kayode Omowaye when they raided OJAS Pleasure Hotels in Oye Ekiti on August 10, 2018, just as they also invaded Afe Babalola University Junior Staff Quarters and snatched a car belonging to one Mrs Bosede Ojo.

Highlighting his command’s effort to improve security in the state, Amba disclosed that the command is synergising with the Army and “we held a meeting with hunters, members of vigilante group and Odua People’s Congress, OPC, on how to curb kidnappers in Ekiti.”

He added that the new security architecture in form of effective 24 hours patrol will soon be put in place to make Ekiti unsafe for criminals. “We are working with the Commissioners of police in Osun, Kogi, Ondo, Kwara and other border states, so that our people can live in peace.”

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