Suspected killers of FUTA’s former VC arrested

The two domestic staff of late former Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, Professor Albert Ilemobade, has been arrested. They said that they  strangled him to death because they wanted to make good money by stealing and selling of his RAV 4 sport utility vehicle, SUV.

Parading the suspects, including the night guard, Daniel Ita, 24, and driver Olayemi Bamitale, 36, at Ondo State Police headquarters, police said they were on the trail of other accomplices.

The parade of the suspects came as the 73-year-old wife of the deceased made a wish to the state police Commissioner, Isaac Eke, to allow her have a five minutes chat with the killers of her husband.

The suspects confessed that the late 78-year-old Professor of Veterinary Medicine was nice to them, but that they had to kill him because they needed “good money to survive,” by stealing the RAV 4 SUV.

Bamitale said he was sacked after he had earlier stolen the car and attempted to sell it, but could not do so because the car had a tracker. He said he had to kill the professor to avoid failure for the second time.

He said: “After I was released from detention on the order of my master, I went back to make plan another plan. I asked Daniel the guard if he wants to make good money and he said yes. So I informed him of my new plan.

“Daniel was the one giving me information about what is happening in the house after I was sacked. He even paid for my transportation to Akure, because I have not been working since I was sent away.

“Daniel lured out Baba (late professor) by telling him that there was an electrical spark in the house after I had stationed myself near the kitchen entrance.
“Immediately Baba came out, I strangulated, while Daniel put cloth in his mouth to stop him from shouting.

“After a few minutes, Baba was still struggling. I then jumped on his chest several times and he died. We dragged him into the generator house and locked him inside the store that Sunday night.

“We left the house and locked the gate outside so that no one will suspect us. We went inside his bedroom and took the car key and some other items such as i-Pad, two phones, laptop, two bags and N7,000, which we used to fuel the car.

“We left Akure and headed to Lagos. We left with those items so that the car will not be tracked again because Baba used these gadgets to activate the tracking.”

Speaking before parading the suspects, the Police Commissioner, Isaac Eke, said the killers were arrested while trying to sell the car at Iloti, Ogun State, to a buyer who became suspicious because of the ridiculous price tag they put on the SUV.

He said the buyer later alerted police, who rounded up the suspects where they were lodged.

Eke said the suspects were arrested with the car, marked GGE589 CF, and brought down to Ondo State Police Command.

He also disclosed that relatives of the deceased had identified the corpse and deposited it in the morgue.

He assured the public that the suspects and their accomplices would l be brought to book.

“They will be charged to court for murder, not kidnapping,” he said.

Adeseni Ilemobade, who is the last child of the deceased, said all they wanted was justice and asked the killers what their motive was despite all the family had done for them.



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