- The police command in Lagos have arrested two suspects who were reportedly involved in the killing of an Austria returnee, Michael Chinedu
- The suspects, Olakunle Ogunyemi and Anthony Bello, collaborated in killing Chinedu during a fight that ensued from an argument over a match
- In his confession, Bello told newsmen that he stabbed the deceased in self-defence during the fight
The police command in Lagos have arrested two suspects, Olakunle Ogunyemi (31 years) and Anthony Bello for killing an Austrian returnee, Michael Chinedu, in 2016 at the Iba Housing Estate, following a fight that ensued from an argument.
Chinedu was reportedly stabbed to death during the fight. He came home for his traditional marriage that year and went to the pitch to watch a friendly match on a fateful day, The Nation reports.
During the match, Ogunyemi, also known as Pedro, and the late victim, had an argument that led to a fight.
Noticing that Chinedu was prevailing, Bello reportedly intervened and stabbed him in the chest with a knife, upon which he and Ogunyemi fled the scene, leaving Chinedu to die in a hospital a week later from the injury.
However, it was only on Thursday, September 13, that some Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) operatives apprehended the suspects at their hideout in Iba.
Bello confessed to newsmen that he stabbed the deceased in self-defence. He said: “I went to play ball at the pitch when I heard uproar. On reaching the scene, I saw a man engaged in scuffle with Pedro (Ogunyemi).
"In my attempt to intervene, the man slapped me. He left Pedro and faced me. He hit me on the ground twice and used a tyre rim to hit me. In defence, I rushed to an orange seller where I collected a knife and stabbed him on the shoulder.
“I managed to escape from the scene and went into hiding, when I heard he was dead. In my hideout, I turned a new leaf and got married. I thought the case had died down since it has been long it happened. I was at home with my wife and child when the police came with Pedro to arrest me.”
Ogunyemi, who confessed to being a cultist, said he joined Aiye when he was 17. Ogunyemi said he was discussing with a friend, Lexi, when the deceased came and rudely interrupted them.
He said: “He came and said I should ‘free’ Lexi, so that they could leave the field. I pretended not to have heard him and continued the discussion with Lexi. He repeated it again and I asked who he was and where he was from. This degenerated into quarrel before Bello came.
“I did not know how the deceased died but all I could remember was seeing him on the ground because other boys at the field took me to a corner to pacify me and also prevented me from going where the fight was going on.
“As they thought, I would join in the fight. I later left Lagos for Ghana to hide for fear of being arrested over the death of the man. I stayed there for sometime before I returned to Nigeria, only to be arrested.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria police force said on Monday, April 23, that it had arrested three suspects in connection with the killing of a policeman that guarded the Abuja farm house of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
Legit.ng gathered that the deputy force spokesman, Aremu Adeniran, stated this during his briefing to journalists on the arrest in Abuja.
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