The Togolese cook, Sunday Adefonou Anani, arrested for allegedly killing his boss and Chief Executive Officer, Credit Switch Limited Chief Opeyemi Bademosi, has told the Police how he killed Bademosi.
Police quoted him as saying that he stabbed the late Bademosi, 67, twice on the chest.
A statement by the Police spokesman, Chike Oti, A Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), said the 22-year-old Anani allegedly killed his boss at their 3B, Onikoyi Lane, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos residence.
Recalling the incident that led to the death of the Ondo town-born chief, police said the late Business mogul on Sunday, Oct. 28, brought the suspect, to Lagos to start work as his cook.
Oti said: “Three days after, Oct. 31, the suspect with the intention to rob the deceased, made his way to his room through the kitchen, to the lobby and then to the room which was the scene of crime, when he observed that Mrs Ebunola Bademosi, left home for a transaction in a neighbourhood bank called Polaris Bank, Falomo branch.
According to the suspect, when he got to the deceased room and met him on the bed, he said ‘Chief I am not here to kill you,’ the deceased asked him ‘what do you want?’ and he replied ‘money.’
“The deceased said he had no money in the house. At this point, the suspect said he tied him up with a cloth and put him on the floor.
“He went further to say that the deceased while still on the floor kicked him causing the knife he tucked inside his pants to fall off.
“He added that the deceased crawled to pick the knife but he (suspect) was faster; that he struggled with him and the knife accidentally pierced the deceased.
“He said that while exiting the room, the deceased took the knife to stab him so he kicked him and he fell down. He then took the knife and stabbed him twice on the chest.
“When he was done killing the man, he entered his bathroom and threw away his apron already stained with blood and the kitchen knife used as a murder weapon.
“He thereafter heard a knock on the kitchen door, sensing it must be the deceased’s wife, he ran out of the room and exited from the sitting room door.
“He was confronted by the guard, Nura Mamudu, who asked him where he was hurrying to and he replied that ‘madam sent me on an errand.’
“Finding himself in the street, he came across men loading cement into a truck.
“He assisted them and they rewarded him with a lift to Ondo and the truck driver gave him N500 as appreciation.”
Police said Anani allegedly killed his boss around 8.10 a.m.
“The deceased’s wife, Ebunola Bademosi, entered the crime scene through the sitting room after knocking several times on the kitchen door without a response from the suspect.
“She found her husband in a pool of blood and reported the incident to police.
“The deceased, some minutes before his death, called his wife on phone, complaining that Anani barged into his bedroom uninvited. Anani stabbed the deceased severally on the thoracic region (chest).
“The scene of the crime, which is the deceased bedroom, was scattered and stained with blood.
“The suspect stole his Samsung phone and fled to Ondo state where he was later arrested on Nov. 2.
“The stolen Samsung phone was recovered from the suspect.
“The kitchen knife used in killing the deceased was found inside the deceased’s toilet and the suspect’s apron was found soaked with blood at the scene of the crime,” Oti said.
According to the police image maker, the suspect broke down in tears and confessed to the act after he was confronted with evidence from the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footage.
The suspect, he said, led the investigation team to the crime scene, demonstrated how he carried out the crime.
“Samples recovered from the scene have been handed over to Forensic and DNA Department of Ministry of Justice for examination and analysis.
“The autopsy report attributed the cause of death to Bilateral Haemothorax, Laceration of the lung and intercostal vessels and multiple sharp force traumas to the chest.”
Other suspects Kofi Friday, Agbeko Ayenahin, Salisu Hussein and Nura Mamudu, who are not linked to the crime, he said, will be released to reliable sureties.
Police, he said, have established a prima facie case of armed robbery/murder against Anani.
Oti said: “It is evident that the suspect single-handedly committed the crime by stabbing Bademosi to death with a kitchen knife with intent to steal from him.
“To this end, the suspect will be arraigned in court while the other suspects
“The Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal has directed that the casefile be duplicated and forwarded to the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for vetting and legal advice.
“CP Edgal said the criminal investigation has gone beyond the era of rule of thumb to an era scientific and research based investigation in the state Police Command.”
According to Oti, Anani was availed the services of a French speaking lawyer from the Office of the Public Defender (OPD), who was with him throughout the duration of the investigation.