TRAGEDY: Security guards murder 71-year-old boss in Ondo, kill daughter to cover-up their crime

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Richard Kwakye wouldn’t have employed Tasiu Abubakar and Ayuba Idris to guard his home if he knew they could end his life, and that of his daughter, Tope.

Herald Nigeria learnt that the 71-year-old man and his 27-year-old daughter were gruesomely murdered at their residence at the Ojomo Akintan Estate, Olu Foam area of Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The suspects, who were employed as security guards by the deceased, were paraded at the headquarters of the command on Monday.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie, said the suspects fled the state after committing the crime but were apprehended in Sokoto and Kano states.

He explained that the deceased were initially declared missing but after the suspects were arrested, they confessed that they killed Richard and his daughter and threw their bodies away.

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The CP stated, “Upon receipt of the report of the incident, detectives from this command swung into action and Ayuba Idris, 20, was arrested in Kano State on May 16, 2019. The handset of the missing person, Richard, and his suits were recovered from him.

“Upon interrogation, he confessed that he and the second security guard, Taisu Abubakar, knew where the two missing persons were. He led detectives to a building on the Ojomo Akintan Estate, Olu Foam area of Akure, where the decomposing bodies of Richard Kwakye, 71, and Tope Kwakye, 27, were found.

“The detectives also tracked down Taisu Abubakar, 23, in Sokoto State. One of the victims’ laptops and some clothes were recovered from him. Upon interrogation, he also confessed to the murder of the victims.

“Both suspects said that they decided to kill the daughter on the same day  the father was murdered in order to cover their track because she saw them when they killed her father.”

On why they killed their employer and his daughter, Abubakar said the deceased did not offend them but they carried out the act under the influence of tramadol and Indian hemp.

He said:, “On that day, we took tramadol and Indian hemp and just decided to kill the man. While strangulating him, his daughter saw us, so we killed her too in order to cover up.”

The 71-year-old Richard was said to have been a worker on the estate and was given one of the buildings to live in with his daughter, a fresh graduate preparing to go for the National Youth Service Corps programme in July.

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