The suspected killer of the 2006 winner of Gulder Ultimate search, Hector Jobarteh, Ismaila Adeyemi, was yesterday paraded before newsmen at the Lagos state police command. Hector was murdered at his home in Agege on September 3rd.
While being paraded, Ismaila said himself and two other men identified as Nonso, KK and a lady who is currently on the run, had gone to rob at Hector’s house. According to him, they trailed Hector to his home on September 3rd in Agege to steal from him but that one of his gang members, Nonso, shot Hector dead.
Ismaila said they did not find any money in Hector’s house and that after the robbery, he stole Hector’s phone which he gave to his brother, Usman, who sold it for N7,000 and he gave the brother N2, 0000.
“I knew KK through Nonso, whom I worked with in a filling station in Apapa some years back. I met Nonso about five months ago and I gave him the address of where I live in Sango, Ogun State. KK just came back from abroad that time. I did not know who the man was before the operation. On that day, we parked at a filling station around his house and a lady came to meet KK. After a while, he received a call from the lady and we saw the man (Jobarteh) drove into the close. We followed him, but did not know where he entered. KK approached a woman and lied to her that the man’s car hit his and he sped off. He begged her to direct us to where the man entered and she did. When we got into the building, we saw the car and met another lady on the premises. KK asked the lady to lead us to the man’s apartment, but she declined. It was when he pointed a gun at the woman that she complied and took KK upstairs. He called us to come upstairs, but by the time we got to a living room upstairs, he had shot the man’s father in the hand.”
Ismaila denied shooting Hector
“I did not shoot at all, although I was holding a gun too. I quarreled with KK for shooting them, because our plan was just to rob. He threatened to shoot me and I kept quiet. It was a pair of shoes and flowers that were in the bag we collected from him. We didn’t find money there. I took away only his white handset while KK went with the bag. I gave the phone to my brother, Usman, to help me sell it. He said he sold it for N7,000. I collected N5,000 and gave him N2,000,” he added.
While parading the suspect, the state Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi, said
“I am glad to announce to you that after weeks of extensive manhunt, the principal suspect, Ismail Adeyemi, who pulled the trigger that killed the victim, has been arrested and he confessed to the crime. He also admitted to other various criminal activities within the state. The suspect led operatives to Sango Gasline, Ijoko, where his operational revolver pistol with nine rounds of live ammunition was recovered.”