By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Leye Oyebade on Monday declared that the Member of Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Gideon Aremu shot dead in front of his house in Ibadan last month was killed by armed robbers and not assassins.
Briefing journalists at the Oyo State Police headquarters in Ibadan while parading four suspects arrested in connection with the killing of the lawmaker who until his death represented Oorelope constituency, he declared wanted three others suspects identified as Abbey, Kola Mission, and Yusuf Ikire in connection with the death of the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Public Relations and Security.
He gave the names of the four arrested suspects as Ayobami Adedeji, Adediran Oladapo (31), Kareem Isiaka, and Sodiq Adedeji.
CP Oyebade stressed that the armed robbers killed the lawmaker thinking that the lawmaker might identify them due to a torch flashed on them during the operation.
“The suspects did not have the knowledge of the status of the lawmaker. As robbers, their intention was to rob him of valuable property in his possession. The victim was killed because they thought he could identify them due to a torch flashed on them during the operation.” he said.
He maintained that the arrest of the four suspects was possible with the joint teams of Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and detectives from the Oyo State Police Command.
One of the arrested suspects, Ayobami Adedeji (23) told journalists that they were armed robbers and not assassins, saying they did not know the status of the lawmaker before one of them, ‘Abbey’ shot him after collecting his mobile phone and money.
“We met at our usual Awo joint in Beere area, Ibadan, to carry out a robbery operation at Adegbayi, Ibadan on that fateful day. We did not trace the lawmaker to his residence but it was one of us called Abbey whose mother reside in Adegbayi that brought the job to rob the lawmaker to us. I did not know why Abbey shot him, but the only thing they gave me was N40,000 which was my share of the operation” he said.
Adedeji who said he was an ex-convict stressed that on the day they killed the lawmaker, they took off from the Awo joint after consuming Indian Hemp served to them by one Dele Awo.