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3 arrested for Emefiele kidnap, murder

30 January 2014, 19:49

Abuja  - The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) of the Nigeria Police Force has made a breakthrough in solving the disappearance of Sylvester Emefiele, a staff member of the Transformation Office of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Three men, including a witchdoctor, have been arrested in connection with the alleged disappearance and subsequent murder of Emefiele.

Timothy Abidemi Lekan alias Leksit (30), who hails from Osun State and a 41-year old Akinlade Taiwo, a native of Modakeke in Ife East Local Government Area of Osun State, have been arrested.

Emefiele was reported to have left Lagos in September 2012, sequel to a call from his office asking him to report to Abuja later that month in order to process his visa to Hungary for a training programme.

“On receiving this complaint through the Police email platform, the Inspector-General of Police promptly ordered a discreet and comprehensive investigation into the case. Subsequently, detectives from the FSARS led by DCP Chris Ezike swung into action, and through systematic and high-level investigative technique, tracked down one Olaniyi Banjo, a 20-year old resident of Ilesa, Osun State, who bought the Blackberry phone of the deceased from one of the principal suspects, Akindele Taiwo,” said Frank Mba Force, Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters in Abuja.

Mba added that sustained surveillance and investigative efforts of the police led to the arrest of a 30-year old Timothy Abidemi Lekan alias Leksit, who hails from Osun State and a 41-year old Akinlade Taiwo a native of Modakeke in Ife East Local Government Area of Osun State who masterminds of the crime.

He said the duo made very useful statements to the police in connection with the disappearance, robbery and killing of Mr. Sylvester Emefiele.

“The suspects equally led detectives to the scene of crime - a bush close to the Iddo Campus of the University of Abuja - where the abandoned and totally decomposed remains of the deceased, now mere skeletal parts, were recovered. A detailed forensic examination including DNA analysis has confirmed that the recovered remains were actually those of Mr. Sylvester Emefiele,” said Mba.

He said other personal effects of the deceased, including cash, ATM cards, Laptop, Blackberry phones, cheque books, and personal apparels were also recovered.

Meanwhile, also arrested in connection with the case was a witch-doctor, Saidi Babatunde from Osun State, who was implicated by the suspects for preparing criminal charms for them.

– CAJ News


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