The Lagos State Police Command has made a significant breakthrough in the investigation of the killing of Adeniyi Sanni, a senior aide to Senator Solomon Adeola, representing Ogun West at the National Assembly. Three suspects linked to the crime have been arrested.
The suspects include 43-year-old Lagosian, Fred Okuno; 33-year-old Lucky Michael from Delta State, and 26-year-old Adedigba Segun from Ibadan, Oyo State.
According to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, the arrests were made possible through diligent police investigation. He stated, “Through painstaking intelligence and investigative activities which brought out the best in the capacity of Lagos Police Command, we have succeeded in arresting the syndicate of the robbery and murder. The three suspects directly involved in the robbery and murder were arrested with three firearms, including the killer weapon, recovered.”
The police recovered one brand new pistol with three rounds of live ammunition, one Beretta pistol with three rounds of live ammunition, one locally made cut-to-size pistol with six live cartridges, six expended cartridges, and military gear comprising a military camouflage vest, jungle hat, jungle boot, and a red Honda CRV from the suspects.
The syndicate is suspected to be working for a foreign criminal gang led by one “Alhaji,” known for targeting imported fairly used cars.
During the suspects’ parade, they confessed to the killing but claimed it was a mistake. According to one of the suspects, Lucky, the slain aide was not their intended target, but he was stopped because he was driving an imported fairly used car without a number plate. He stated, “I stopped the car because it had no number plate. I shot at him twice because he was shouting. I didn’t plan to shoot the man; the gun fired by itself.”
Okuno, another suspect, recounted the incident and explained that their gang tried to help the bleeding senator’s aide, but it was too late. He said, “On August 5, 2023, when the incident happened, it was around midnight, in the Ojodu Berger area. One of us, who was ahead of us, gave a signal that a car was coming with no number plate.”
The suspects shot the aide when he started shouting for help and then fled the scene. The victim’s body was later discovered by passersby with gunshot wounds.
Senator Adeola had earlier claimed that suspected soldiers were responsible for his aide’s killing. The police investigation aims to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.
In a separate development, the Lagos State Police Command has set up a 13-man special investigation team to probe the death of Nigerian singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, known as Mohbad. The death of the 27-year-old artist has sparked controversy, and the police are seeking information from the public to understand the circumstances leading to his demise.