Some suspected internet fraudsters have confessed how the dead body of a young man said to be their apprentice was dumped on a bridge at Kuto, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The suspects were arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command over the alleged murder of a 20-year-old youth identified as Uzoma Alexander.
Uzoma’s mother, Ogechi Alexander, had reported at Adigbe police station that her son left home on November 20, 2021 but never returned.
The mother reported that Uzoma had told her that he was going to visit some of his friends, whom she claimed were unknown to her.
Upon her report, the command’s spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said a case of missing person was incidented at Adigbe division, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole later directed that the case be transferred to the state CIID, Eleweran, for discreet investigation.
At the SCIID, Oyeyemi disclosed on Wednesday that the DSP Nurudeen AbdulGafar-led Modus Operandi section, embarked on intelligence-based investigation, leading to the identification and arrest of one Babatunde Owoseni, who was the last person seen with the deceased.
Oyeyemi said Babatunde later led policemen to arrest his other three accomplices – Azeez Oyebanji (aka Biggy), Ayobami Adesina and Balogun Sulaiman.
“On interrogation, they confessed that the victim came to their house to learn about internet fraud, and after eating food, they all took a substance known as Colorado which made them fall asleep.
“They confessed further that when they woke up at about 8pm, they met the victim on the ground. He had vomited all over his body. They tried to carry him, but they discovered that he was no longer breathing.
“At that point, Azeez Oyebanji, from whom they bought the drug, was invited, and he advised that they should throw the corpse away,” Oyeyemi quoted them as saying.
He added further that the suspect narrated to the police that “Ayomide and Gafar arranged for Uber driver to come. When the driver arrived, Ayomide collected the vehicle from him and used same to convey the corpse to the top of Kuto overhead bridge, where it was dumped.”
The police image maker revealed that the decomposing body of Uzoma was later removed by the state health workers, who buried it as an unknown corpse.
He informed that “there was a mark of violence on the head of the deceased as shown in the picture taken by the health workers before it was buried.”
Meanwhile, CP Bankole has ordered the investigating team to expedite actions so as to charge the case to court as soon as possible.