The Ogun State Police Command, on Tuesday, said it had arrested a commercial vehicle driver; and his friend for allegedly killing a businesswoman and stealing her N400,000.
The driver, Gbenga Ogungbemi, and his friend, Tosin Olobamoyo, allegedly killed the victim on her way to Ire-Ekiti; where she had planned to buy palm oil, and dumped her corpse in a bush on the Sagamu-Benin Expressway.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi; confirmed the incident in a statement.
Oyeyemi explained that the victim, identified as Evelyn Ebere, was a trader; and resident of the Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.
The PPRO stated that they arrested the suspects following a report; about Ebere’s disappearance.
He added that the anti-kidnapping unit of the command embarked on intelligence; and technical-based investigation, which led to the arrest of the suspects in different locations.
Oyeyemi said, “On interrogation, Gbenga informed the detectives that he is the driver of a Toyota Carina car with number plate AGD 107 GU; with which he was hired to convey the victim to Ire-Ekiti on a charter arrangement; where she intended to buy 26 kegs of palm oil.
“He stated further that he was accompanied by his friend, Tosin Olobayomo, on the journey. While on the road; they both decided to dispossess the woman of the money she wanted to use to purchase the palm oil; consequent upon which they drove her into a bush along the Sagamu-Benin Expressway; where they dispossessed her of N400,000.”
The suspects, according to Oyeyemi, decided to kill the victim; after they had dispossessed her of the money because she knew them.
The PPRO added that investigation led to the recovery of the businesswoman’s corpse; in the bush.
He said, “Since the deceased knew them very well, as Gbenga’s regular customer; they decided to kill her and dump her corpse in the bush.
“The police have recovered the remains of the victim in the bush along the Sagamu-Benin Expressway; and deposited in the General Hospital morgue for autopsy.”
Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Kenneth Ebrimson, praised the anti-kidnapping team; for the painstaking and intelligence-based investigation.
He added that the CP had directed the arraignment of the suspects; before a court of competent jurisdiction as soon as investigation was concluded.