By Augustine Ehikioya
For allegedly killing and dismembering the body of a 71 years old woman, Police officials have arrested a 54 years old man, Dauda Bello in Ogun State.
He was arrested on the 7th of July, 2022, following the disappearance of the woman since the 8th of June, 2022.
This was revealed in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
The statement reads “A 54 years old man, Dauda Bello was on the 7th of July, 2022 arrested by operatives of Ogun State Police Command for killing of one Mrs Mesesi Adisa, a 71 years old woman after which he cut off the victim’s wrists and ankles.
“The suspect was arrested following the sudden disappearance of the victim, who left home since on the 8th of June, 2022 and didn’t return home.
The relation of the victim then reported a case of missing person at Sabo/Ilupeju Police Station.”
The case, the statement said, was later transfered to anti kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department where technical and intelligence based investigation was embarked upon.
In the course of investigation, it said that the SP Taiwo Opadiran led team traced the last place visited by the victim to be the house of the suspect at Olodo area of Imala.
The statement added “The suspect was subsequently arrested and taken to custody for investigation.
On interrogation, the suspect confessed to have known the victim for quite some time now, and that they were both into the business of children trafficking.
“He stated further that he invited the victim on that fateful day to discuss their usual business, but on getting to his house, he discovered that the victim came with what he thought was a huge amount of money.
“This made him to hit the woman on the head with a heavy wooden stick, which made the woman to be unconscious after which he carried the unconscious body of the victim to the bush where he finally sniffed life out of her.
“He confessed further that when he searched the woman’s body, he discovered that the victim only had the sum of N22,200 (twenty two thousand, two hundred naira) with her which he took with disappointment.”
Having realized that his aim of getting much money from the victim was in vain, the statement said, he decided to cut off her two wrists and ankles, which he claimed to have been sold to somebody who is now at large.
“The suspect had taken the Police to the bush where he buried the victim in a shallow grave, and the dismembered body had been recovered and deposited in the mortuary,” the statement said.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, the statement said commended the team for a thorough job.
He also ordered that the case be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
He also directed that anybody who is directly or indirectly involved in the case should be brought to book.