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Update: Police arrest suspected killers of former CBN staff

The Police Command in Ogun State have arrested three suspects in connection with the murder of CBN staff Kehinde Fatinonye, his wife Bukola and their only son, Oreoluwa Fatinoye, at their residence in the Ibara area of Abeokuta, Ogun State on December 31, 2022.

A statement released by the spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, says the suspects, Lekan Adekanbi, Ahmed Odetola Akamo and Waheed Adeniji, were all arrested following a painstaking intelligence-based investigation embarked upon by men of the Command.

”Upon the report of the dastardly act, the Commissioner of Police directed the Homicide section of the State criminal investigation Department to take over the case and ensure that the culprits were brought to justice.

In the course of investigation, one Lekan Adekanbi, a driver to the deceased family, was arrested based on circumstantial evidence, while investigation continues. 

The arrested suspect Lekan Adekanbi suddenly collapsed in the cell on the 2nd of January 2023, and he was rushed to the hospital for medical care.

While in the hospital receiving treatment, he suddenly jumped from the bed and escaped through the fence of the hospital. 

His escape further confirmed the police suspicion of his involvement in the case.

The Commissioner of Police ordered the State anti kidnapping unit to join forces with the homicide unit to get the escaped driver and his accomplices arrested.

The two teams, in compliance with the CP’s directive, embarked on a technical and intelligence driven investigation and traced the movement of the suspect to his elder brother in Iseyin, Oyo State, but he had left the place before the arrival of the police.

The teams intensified their efforts which yielded positive results, when Lekan Adekanbi was apprehended in his hideout somewhere in Abeokuta on the 21st of January 2023.

On interrogation, Lekan Adekanbi who has been the couple’s driver since 2018 confessed to being the mastermind of the dastardly act.

He said that he invited the other two suspects Ahmed Odetola a.k.a Akamo and Waheed Adeniyi a.k.a Koffi to join him to rob the couple. 

He confessed f that he took the step because the couple refused to increase his salary, and that he approached them for a loan to buy a motorcycle, but they did not oblige him. “I planned the attack on my boss because they refused to increase my salary and give me a loan to buy a motorcycle”.

He stated that “on that fateful day, himself and his two accomplices waited for the couple to come back from crossover service since he has access to the house and they pounced on them immediately they entered the house”.

When asked why the Alsatian dog in the house did not attack them, he stated that the dog is very familiar with him being the person who always feeds it.

Having gotten hold of the couple, they forced the husband, to transfer money from his account to the “Kuda” bank account of Ahmed Odetola, but the transfer failed. It was then Lekan Adekanbi gave the deceased his own Access bank account to which the sum of 1,102,000 (One million one hundred and two thousand) was transferred at gunpoint.

Since Lekan realized that his identity has been known through his bank account, he decided with others to murder the couple, consequent upon which Waheed Adeniyi took a knife from their kitchen and slaughtered the husband Kehinde Fatinoye, while Lekan Adekanbi used sledge hammer he brought for the operation to hit the wife Bukola Fatinoye on the head and she died on the spot.

While the operation was going on, the only son of the deceased, Oreoluwa Fatinoye and their adopted son, Felix Olorunyomi walked in and the hoodlums pounced on them too, tied them with rope and drove them to Ogun River Bridge at Adigbe where they threw the two of them into the river.

Luck however smiled at Felix Olorunyomi when the rope on his hand loosed and he was able to swim out of the river.

But Oreoluwa was not that lucky as his dead body was recovered the following day.

Waheed Adeniyi a.k.a Koffi and Ahmed Odetola a.k.a Akamo were both apprehended at Ogere on Thursday 9th of February 2023.

Writing by Fany Olumoye, editing by Julian Osamoto & Adeniyi Bakare