Three men have allegedly killed operators of Bureau de Change and dumped their bodies in a septic tank in the Ikorodu area of Lagos.
The suspects Oluwatosin Olanrewaju, Mayowa Olawuni a.k.a General and Babatunde Idris a.k.a Aloma were said to have tricked the Bureau de Change operators to an undisclosed location on March 14, this year.
Police spokesperson in Lagos, DSP Bala Elkana while speaking with newsmen said “on March 14 at about 5.30p.m., the Lagos State Police Command received a complaint from Ikorodu area that some unidentified persons approached one Alhaji Yakubu Musa and Alhaji Hassan Umaru, both money changers at Benson area, Ikorodu and informed them that they have a relation who returned from overseas and needed to sell $10,000”.
Elkana noted that the Bureau de Change businessmen were tricked into the bushes when they refused to play ball after, and no one heard from them afterwards.
“They initially requested that payment will be made in a bank at Ikorodu but on getting to the bank, the suspects moved the operators to an unknown destination and started demanding for ransom from their friends and relatives.”
“Despite paying the sum of One Million, Six Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,600,000) as ransom, the abductors refused to release the victims and nothing more was heard from them. The victims’ phones remained switched off”.
The police boss in Lagos dispatched a team to Ikorodu and this team found four decaying corpses floating in a septic tank.
“Operatives from Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Ipakodo base led by SP Godfrey Soriwei arrested three suspects who confessed to the commission of the crime and led operatives to their den at Ikorodu where they dumped the corpses in a septic tank.”
“Two locally made single barrel guns with five live cartridges, one locally made a gun with three ammunition, one locally made revolver pistol with three live ammunition, one cutlass, one axe and some charms were recovered from them.
“Investigation revealed that the suspects had at various times used an abandoned company as their den, where all their targets are killed and dumped in the septic tank,” Elkana adds.