…claims assailants raped victim at gunpoint
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There was a mild drama at the Ondo State Police Command Headquarters yesterday when a murder suspect, Adeyemi Saidu, who allegedly killed Khadijat Adenike, the daughter of the immediate past Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, denied being responsible for her death.
However, Adeyemi said Khadijat was killed in his room by two boys who raped her before killing her. The suspect also claimed that the boys ordered him to dig the shallow grave where the 25-yearold undergraduate was buried. This came as Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu commiserated with members of the Oluboyo family, over the gruesome murder of their daughter. Adeyemi (27), who had just finished his National Youth Service in Abuja, said it was not the first time that Khadijat would be bringing boys to his room. He said: “Khadijat was my girlfriend since 2010 and she visited me to help her in writing her final project in school.
She slept in my place on Thursday and left on Friday the following day. “She sent a text message to me on Monday, 2nd July that I should send some money to her. But I was surprised to see her that same Monday when she came with two boys to my room.
“I left her in my room with the two boys but when they called me some 30 minutes later, one of the guys brought out a gun and ordered me to kneel down while one of them was making love to Khadijat who was naked on my bed. “Khadijat was begging them to leave and promising not to tell anyone about what happened but they strangulated her in the process and ordered me to go and bring digger and shovel. “I thought they wanted to use that to escape from the scene of the incident but when I entered the room they were still there and ordered me to dig the grave where we buried her in my room and covered it with the rug.”
Asked why he failed to alert his parents, tenants or the police when he was ordered to look for the diggers, he said “the tenants were busy watching a World Cup match and the noise from the ‘Home Theatre’ in my room was too loud to make them know what was happening even when we were digging the grave in my room”. He added: “The two boys left after burying her and I couldn’t sleep in my room that day and I had to sleep in my brother’s room because I wasn’t myself and I couldn’t tell anyone because no one will believe my story.
“I don’t know the two guys though they have visited my place thrice with Khadijat I don’t know them or their names. I have been dating Khadijat since 2010, she was my girlfriend but I knew nothing about these guys, she invited them, I don’t know their names but I can recognise them.” Adeyemi said he did not know the motive behind the killing.
He said: “I did not kill Khadijat for money ritual, though I joined Yahoo business this year and never made any headway. I don’t plan to do any ritual.” But the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, described the suspect’s defence as infantile babbling. Joseph said Adeyemi implicated some people while the command had been trying to get those people. He said: “His defence is very infantile and does not hold any water and I am very sure in the next few hours he should begin to talk.”
Joseph, in his detail of the murder, said: “About a few days ago, Miss Khadijat Oluboyo ‘f’ aged 25 years, a 400 Level student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), was reported missing, and since then the command had launched an investigation to unravel the mystery surrounding her sudden disappearance. “However, on 6th July 2018 about 9.25p.m., the command received information that Seidu Sakiru Adeyemi ‘27 years’ of No 17 Adegbolarin Layout, Aratunsin, Akure, who was a boyfriend to the missing Khadijat had allegedly killed her and was about to dispose of her corpse.
“The police immediately swooped on him, and on close observation of his residence, it was discovered that the suspect had actually buried the missing girl for six days and was planning to exhume the remains and finally dispose them off, because according to him, he was not comfortable with the stench coming from the decomposed body as it was not properly buried. The suspect will soon appear in court while the effort is on to arrest the alleged accomplices.”
Meanwhile, Akeredolu described the incident as a big blow to the Oluboyos, saying the state shared in their grief. The governor urged members of the bereaved family, as believers of Allah, to submit to the will of God who gives and takes life. Akeredolu prayed that Allah will comfort the family over the loss and spread his wings of protection over all others she left behind.
The governor lauded the security operatives for being proactive in apprehending Khadijat’s the suspected killer of. He urged the police to carry out a thorough investigation and ensure that justice is served in the matter. Akeredolu, however, advised youths, especially students, to face their studies and to always shun acts capable of jeopardising their future.
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