A Lagos Engineer identified simply as Samuel, has been accused of crushing his neighbour, Taiwo Aiyegbusi and dumping his corpse in a canal.
The Computer Engineer who is also said to be on the run, was driving home along Ibari Road, Alagbado around 9Road, Alagbado around 9pm on Sunday, when he reportedly crushed the father of five who visited his church member, who lives a few metres away from the scene of the accident.
Samuel, a 42-year-old native of Ipere Ekiti, Ekiti State, was returning from a party with his three friends, lost control of the car and veered into his path, slamming Taiwo on an electric pole. He reportedly took the deceased to a private hospital in the neighborhood, from where he was referred to the Ikeja General Hospital. They reportedly dumped his corpse in a canal at Abattoir area, after he gave up the ghost on the way to the hospital.
While landlords around the area kept mum on the incident after the Lagos Engineer reportedly returned to the scene and removed his car, it was gathered that a friend of the deceased, Segun Inuesokan threatened to report them to the police. He told Punch’s correspondent that it was a search party organised to look for Taiwo that found his corpse in the canal.
“On Sunday when the incident happened, I was not around. When I came back on Monday morning, somebody called me that Baba Ife (Taiwo) was involved in an accident. I was very shocked. I went to meet the pastor of his church and he confirmed the incident, but said Taiwo’s corpse and his killer had not been found.
“I went to the scene of the accident and met with some landlords. I threatened to report all of them if they failed to expose the killer. The landlords knew Taiwo because he grew up in that area. In the process, a resident confided in me that the car was driven by Samuel. He is a computer engineer in Ikeja.
“While I was making more enquiries from people, I learnt a corpse was dumped at a canal in Abattoir. When we got there, we discovered it was Taiwo’s body. We removed the corpse and took it to the station before we deposited it in a mortuary in Ota.
“Samuel and Taiwo grew up and lived in the same place before he (Taiwo) relocated to Malomo Street, Alagbado. Samuel lives on Odutola Estate, Alagbado. I went to his house and asked his wife where he was; she said he was not around.
“When I asked her if she was aware that her husband killed somebody, she broke into tears. I asked his father if his son told him that he killed somebody, he said yes. I asked him what steps he took, but he was dumbfounded. He said he did not know about his son’s whereabouts” he said.
The father of the Lagos Engineer, was arrested by the police from the Alagbado Police Station after Taiwo’s family reported the incident. He was released on Tuesday with a promise that he would provide Samuel by Friday.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, who confirmed the incident, said the command had launched a manhunt for Samuel, noting that anybody found complicit in Taiwo’s death and disposal of his body would be brought to book.