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Lagos police arrest killers of APC stalwart, ‘Onwa’


The suspects

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested four suspected killers of an All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ubah.

Ubah, popularly called Onwa, was shot dead inside his Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) on July 21, 2017 at FESTAC Town in Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos, on the eve of the state’s local council elections.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Imohimi Edgal, paraded the suspects yesterday at the command’s headquarters.


He identified the suspects as Michael Fashola, who allegedly pulled the trigger that killed Ubah; Muftau Toyosi; Abidemi Kolawole and Fatai Onifade, also known as Apese. Onifade claimed he was a member of vigilance group in FESTAC Town.

Before his assassination, Onwa was the Head of FESTAC Town/Amuwo-Odofin Community Policing Youth Vanguard. He was suspected to be a police informant.

On the day he was killed, Onwa had received a phone call from someone he allegedly knew very well requesting to meet him at a certain location within FESTAC Town. The killers, riding on a motorcycle, had accosted him at 7th Avenue, where one of them shot him at a close range. He died on the spot.

According to the police, the assassins left with his mobile phones and wallet to make it look like a robbery.

The suspects told newsmen that they did not plan to kill, but only to harass him. They said that one Fashola shot him against their plan.

They were arrested by the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) team led by Philip Rieninwa, a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Lagos.

Edgal said his men recovered one Beretta pistol, one locally-made gun and a pump action rifle from the suspects.

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