Lekki Lynching: Police reveal identity of suspected killers of David Imoh
The Lagos State Police Command, yesterday, paraded suspected killers of Sunday David Imoh, the 37-year-old sound engineer, who was murdered and burnt in Lekki, Lagos, May 12, 2022.
Other such suspects paraded at the Command’s Headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos, were arrested for varying crimes including armed robbery, conspiracy, cultism, unlawful possession of firearms, murder and other crimes.
Parading the suspects, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi warned that the command had taken further steps to checkmate the issue of jungle justice and it would not stop until it gets everyone involved in such act is arrested and prosecuted.
In his words: “An okada rider, Dahiru, had a quarrel with his passengers by name Frank Olatunji and Philip Balogun over the bike fare. In the heat of the argument, Olatunji and Balogun invited David Sunday to mediate only for Dahiru and his cohorts to violently attack him, killed him and set him ablaze.
“A total of six suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder. They are, Dahiru Ayuba; Susan Moses; Christopher Dauda; Joseph Tella; Chigozie Anthony and Sunday Azi. Suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.”
Alabi said the command in the last one month and part of February 2022, the period some of the suspects paraded were arrested, it successfully cracked and recovered 15 locally made pistols, 68 live cartridges, four handsets, one axe, charms, two cutlasses, one saw, one pounding pistol, one female bag one tortoise.
He continued: “On April 23, 2022, one Aji Augustine of Ibeju Lekki, Lagos went to receive food items sent to him by his mother from Cross River State, through a driver who mistakenly gave him a sack that was meant to be delivered to someone else. When he opened the sack, he discovered seven locally made pistols. He rushed to the nearest police division and handover the arms. Upon receipt of the case, detectives embarked on a diligent investigation that led to the arrest of one Joseph Ashiwobel who dispatched the sack from Calabar to Lagos.
“During interrogation, he confessed that he had sold many guns to his customers in Lagos and he led operatives to arrest two of his buyers 39-year-old Rasheed Ogunbade and 37-year-old Aladeokin Ahmad. Also, one locally made shotgun bought from Joseph Ashiwobel was recovered. An investigation is still ongoing to apprehend other fleeing suspects in order to recover more of the guns he had sold to people in Lagos.”
The CP also revealed that on May 10, 2022, a team of detectives of the Lagos State Command swung into action and arrested some armed robbery suspects in their hideout situated around Ojo area of the state and recovered exhibits in their possession. The suspects were 28-year-old Gambo Abdulhadi; 19-year-old Eric Komi; 15-year-old Yusuf Ibrahim and 25-year-old Suleiman Alhassan.
He also said on February 20, 2022, one Ayo Dada now deceased and two others some killed who were cult members suspected rival cult members at Ketu, Mile 12, Lagos. While on February 21, 2022, one Sunday Tomoloju and other members of his cult group went on a reprisal mission to avenge their late members and killed one Adesegun Adesanya a.k.a. Ologodudu.
Upon receipt of this information, he said detectives tracked down the principal suspect, Sunday Tomoloju, in his remote stronghold where he was apprehended. During the investigation, the suspect made a confessional statement to the commission of the said crime. He said an investigation is still ongoing to apprehend other fleeing suspects in a bid to recover their operational weapons.
During the parade, the CP assured Lagosians that the security of lives and property of residents of Lagos State would continue to be at the top of his policing vision for Lagos State.
He also said the police is battle-ready for the June 1, 2022 deadline for the ban of Okada in six local government in the state.