The Lagos State Police Command have connected the main suspect involved in the death of Chief Ignatius Odunukwe, a business man, to other crimes including the killing of a commissioner from Bayelsa State.
The main suspect whose name is Bob Daniel Ibeaji, was paraded on Tuesday, by Ahmed Iliyasu, the AIG of Police who is in charge of Zone 2, along with his partner in crime: Arinze Igwe, 26; Solomon Cletus, 30 and Israel Obigaremu, 35.
Speaking with the journalists on the arrest, AIG Iliyasu said through investigation,
Ibeaji, who claimed to be a medical doctor, had been linked to two other incidents. One, he said, was that of a commissioner in Bayelsa State, Honourable Depologa, who was murdered and his remains found along the Abuja Expressway.
“This happened a week after his encounter with the victim at Ibeto Hotel, Abuja. During their discussion, he offered to give the victim N220 million for a block of flat situated at Durumi, Abuja. Depologa was murdered and his remains were found along the Abuja Expressway.
According to AIG
He continued by saying;
the second victim, mr Jude Efule, who is a property developer in Abuja, escaped being killed after Ibeaji had held him captive in an apartment and made him sign a prepared document transferring ownership of property to him.
Ibeaji said he met his partner, Cletus, and discussed the dealings with him which he promised to help out with and according to Cletus, he said he was lured into the act with the promise of getting 2 million Naira loan to be given to him if he would participate in the evil plan.
While speaking with journalists, Ibeaji explained in details how he mingled with the three others to snuff life out of the deceased Chief Odunukwe at Artican Beach Resort, Ajah, Lagos state on 1st of December, 2019. He said they killed the deceased because of his N900 million property in Abuja which they aim to take over.
He said in his words;
”I lured Odunukwe into my hotel room through N900million business deal I was pretending to go along with.
“That Sunday afternoon, when I was sure he was on his way to Artican Resort Hotel, I instructed one of my boys to bring a bag for me. After he signed the documents of the building in question in the garden, I told him to come inside the hotel room so as to give him the money. But when he came I started shouting on him to hand the documents over to me but he insisted I must first pay.
“At that point, one of my colleagues brought the bag and as Chief bent down to check the money inside, with the help of Igwe and Cletus, I was able to distract him and hit him on the head using the butt of an axe.
“After then, we dragged him to the toilet and I injected him twice with shots from a lethal injection. His body was later cut into pieces and dumped somewhere at Ogunbo Forest, in Ajah,” he said.
‘I wanted to use the document to claim the property as mine and later sell it,” he said.
As for the Uber driver, Israel, who was linked to the murder of Chief Ignatius Odunukwe, he said ;
“Arinze brought the victim’s car to my compound and told me that the car belonged to his boss who had travelled and he promised to come pick it up the next day.
“I do not know anything about the killing. I was home sleeping when Arinze brought the vehicle to be parked in my compound,”
The deceased body was cut into pieces, it was recovered by operatives of the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) of the Zone 2 Command, sometime last week, in a canal in Ogombo forest along Ajah road, while his 4-Runner SUV was tracked to Artican Beach Resort.
And according to the AIG, the four suspects would be charged to court to face the full extent of the law.