We killed Oyo lawmaker because he saw our faces – Suspects

The Oyo State House of Assembly member, Gideon Aremu, who was killed on July 1, 2016, in Ibadan, was murdered because he saw the faces of his assailants, one of the suspects has revealed.

The suspect said the gang members initially wanted to rob him of his valuables, but opened fire on him after someone shone a torch on their faces.

Ayobami Adedeji, 23, who was paraded by the Oyo State Police Command on Monday, said the gang members feared he might recognise them after seeing their faces, but claimed they never knew he was a lawmaker.

The lawmaker was killed in front of his house in the Alakia area of Ibadan, Oyo State, as he alighted from his car to open his gate.

According to a family source, three gunmen on a motorcycle had trailed him and shot him after a brief argument.

Adedeji said the gang members usually met at Awo Joint in the Beere area of Ibadan, where they smoked marijuana and planned operations.

He said, “On the day we killed him, we took off from Awo Joint at Beere for Adegbayi after smoking Indian hemp. Abbey, who lives at Adegbayi, was the one who invited us to rob in his area.

“We saw the car and we wanted to rob the occupant.  The role I played was to hold the phones and the money stolen from the victim. Abbey shot him because somebody shone a torch on our faces. We sold the phones that we stole from him.”

Other suspects paraded at the command are Adeniran Oladapo, 31; Kareem Isiaka, 43; and Adedeji Sodiq, 20.

Oladapo, Isiaka and Sodiq were accused of buying the deceased’s Samsung mobile phones from the suspected killers.

The outgoing Commissioner of Police in the state said the police had launched a manhunt for three other suspects- Abbey, Kola Mission, and Yusuf Ikire, who were on the run.

He said, “Adedeji confessed to being a member of the four-man gang that robbed and killed the deceased in front of his house. As robbers, their intention was to rob him.

“The suspect confessed that he was given N40,000 as his share of the money stolen from the deceased. The arrest of the suspects and the subsequent confession have refuted the claim that the killing was politically motivated.”

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