The Lagos State police have arrested two cultists identified as Olakunle Ogunyemi, aka Pedro, and Anthony Bello, aka T-boy, for killing an Austrian returnee, in Iba Housing Estate, Lagos State.
The cultists who were arrested two years after murdering the Austrian returnee, stabbed him to death during a fight at a football pitch in Iba. It was gathered that the deceased Micheal Chinedu, visited Nigeria to have his traditional marriage.
The suspects who were paraded after getting arrested by operatives of the Federal Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS), Lagos State Police Command, admitted to have stabbed the deceased in self- defense. Chinedu on the other hand, died a week later after a futile effort by doctors to revive him at an undisclosed hospital, due to loss of blood.
Bello, a.k.a. T-boy told Guardian’s correspondent;
“I went to play ball at the football pitch when I heard an uproar. On reaching the scene, I saw a man engaged in a 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 defense, I rushed to an orange seller where I collected a knife and stabbed him in the shoulder. I managed to escape from the scene and went into hiding when I heard he was dead. In my hideout, I turned new leaf and got married. I thought the case must have died down since it’s been long it happened. I was at home with my wife and child when the police came with Pedro to arrest me.”
31-year-old Ogunyemi, holder of an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) from the Lagos State Polytechnic, who also spoke to newsmen disclosed that he joined cultism at the age of 17. According to the suspect who is the only son of his widowed mother, he was discussing with a friend he identified as Lexi, when the deceased came and rudely interrupted.
The suspects would be charged to court today for armed robbery, cultism and murder.