The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested two suspected killers of a former Ogun State Permanent Secretary, Femi Egbeoluwa and his wife, Funmi, who were murdered in their Ikeja residence on March 19, 2023.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, paraded the suspects before journalists in Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday.
The suspects were the slain couple’s former driver, Wale Adeyemo, and his accomplice, Kingsley Chibueze.
Hundeyin said Adeyemo resigned as the couple’s driver during the naira scarcity period and was paid off.
The PPRO said after squandering the money in less than two weeks, Adeyemo approached 26-year-old Chibueze and conspired with him to attack the couple.
He said, “You will recall that on “March 19, 2023, in Ikeja, an elderly couple were murdered in their house and the murderers stole lots of valuables, phones, and money. We were yet to ascertain the exact amounts they stole but they are in dollars and naira. Based on our intelligence and our investigation, we have been able to arrest Wale Adeyemo and Kingsley Chibueze.
“Wale was the driver of the couple, and during the cash crunch, the driver approached the elderly couple and requested to be paid off, he said he was no longer interested in working for them. The elderly couple paid him off.
“But in less than two weeks, he had squandered the money and being an insider who knows their movements and everything about the house, he recruited Kingsley Chibueze and they stormed the couple’s house, murdered them and also attacked the housemaid. From the attack, it was obvious their intent was also to kill her but she survived.”
He said the housemaid was rescued and she was responding to treatment in the hospital.
Assuring that the third suspect, who was still at large, would also be arrested, Hundeyin said Adeyemo and Chibueze would be prosecuted and not be kept with the police for long.
Meanwhile, other suspects paraded before journalists were alleged members of a secret cult, Aye Confraternity, said to have been unleashing mayhem on Ikorodu residents and were said to have participated in the killings of members of rival groups in the area.
He identified the suspects as Ridwan Akibu, 28, Farouq Kareem, 22, and Damilare Ige, 30.
“We have their confessional statements and immediately after this parade, they will be arraigned in court,” he added.