Togolese Chef Declared Wanted over Ondo Chief’s Murder

The Lagos State police command has vowed to apprehend the killer of the Lotin of Ondo and Chairman of Credit Switch Technology, Chief Ope Bademosi who was allegedly killed at his residence at 3A, Onikoyi Road, Parkview Estate, Lagos by his Togolese steward three days after he was hired.

While it is not yet clear what led to the killing, sources said the police recovered the weapon allegedly used for the murder as well as blood stained clothes belonging to the chef, who is said to have fled. Two persons are so far in custody in connection with the crime.

The Lagos State police spokesman, Chike Oti, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), said detectives have started sniffing around.

“What I can assure you is that the killer would be arrested and brought to justice. Our men are everywhere now with a view to tracking the killer. We have recovered the knife used for the murder and the blood stained clothes worn by the suspect. We are on his trail. Two persons have been arrested and are being questioned”.

The chef, whose name is only identified as Sunday, sneaked into the bedroom of his boss, Bademosi, and slipped a knife into his heart on Wednesday, Guardian writes.

A friend to the deceased, who preferred anonymity, said: “A picture of the suspect in military uniform was uncovered after the act. The wife of the deceased went out in the morning, before she returned, the man had been killed. Ope is a great loss to us. He opens doors for his friends. We will miss him greatly.”

The police in a notice Thursday declared the chef wanted as parts of efforts taken to apprehend him. The notice reads: “The culprit is currently at large, anybody with any useful information should contact the nearest police station.”

A Homicide Investigation Team officer on anonymity said preliminary investigation showed the cook committed the act. “After committing the act, the guy went to the toilet and pulled off the white uniform meant for cooks he was wearing because it was all stained with blood. He also left the knife he used inside the toilet there. If you see the knife, it’s a very strong, long and sharp knife that could only be authorised for military personnel.

“Afterwards, he ransacked the whole apartment and carted away all valuables he could lay his hands on including money and the deceased phone. What baffles us more is that no one seems to know anything about him because he was only employed a few days ago and brought from Ondo to resume just this last Sunday. And they only know him by his first name, which is Sunday.”

“Again, we went through his things and found some old pictures of him putting on a camouflage belonging to Republic of Benin military. Also, he was in a group picture with all of them wearing Benin Republic military uniform, which suggests that he could be an ex-serviceman in the Benin Republic.”

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