An Uber cab driver is among six suspects arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder of the former Gulder Ultimate Search (GUS) winner, Hector Jobarteh.
It will be recalled that Hector, 38, was shot dead at his Oko-Oba residence on September 4, shortly after returning from the Lapos Airport, where he went to pick up a sibling.
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Lagos State Police Commissioner,Imohimi Edgal, yesterday, said the driver conveyed the suspected killers, while the others were found with the victim’s cell phone.
He noted that one of the suspects was still at large and that efforts were on to arrest him, giving the names of the arrested suspects as Igana, 28; John, 26; Adekunle, 19; Madu, 24; Adeyemi, 20, and Adekunle, 25.
Igana, the driver, said he had driven some men, who threatened him with a gun, to Abeokuta but never knew that they were killers. His words: “I was looking for an Android phone when my brother, Valentine, linked me with one JK.
It was JK that called me to drive them to Yaba from Cement and I was paid N8,000, after I had charged them N10,000. The next day, JK called me again to take them to Abeokuta and I charged them N20,000.
On the way, we stopped at Sango and two other men joined us. We later stopped by at a nearby bush and JK ordered one of the men to bring out a nylon bag which had a gun inside.
That was when I tried running away, but I was threatened and ordered back into the car. I was later arrested through my younger brother, who had gone to sell a stolen phone later identified as the victim’s phone.”
On his part, another suspect, John, claimed that he did not know anything about the robbery operation, saying he only needed an android phone for his personal use. He said: “It was someone who introduced me to Madu at the Computer Village.
After negotiation, I bought the phone from him. The next thing was I saw Police, who came to arrest me, at my house at Ojodu Berger. I don’t even know how they located my house. I don’t know anything about the phone. I only bought it from Madu.”