The Lagos state command have arrested a murder suspect who allegedly snuffed life out of a female lawyer, Feyitayo Obot, in her hotel room in Opebi, Lagos state on January 26th this year.
A statement released by the command’s spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, says Obot came into Lagos for a meeting when she was killed in her hotel room by another guest.
Joshua Usulor, male, 21 years old, was declared the prime suspect in the crime.
Immediately the murder report was received, the command sent its homicide detectives to the scene of the crime at Opebi, Ikeja where they collected important exhibits for forensic analysis. The body, which had multiple stab wounds on the abdominal region and a throat slit open with a sharp object, was recovered for autopsy.
Although the suspect absconded after committing the crime, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu mni, charged the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation And Intelligence Department (SCIID ), Panti Yaba, DCP Yetunde Longe, to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the culprit is arrested and prosecuted.
After a detailed investigation, Joshua Usulor was arrested at his hideout in Victoria Island Lagos on February 28th.
During interrogation, the suspect confessed to have committed the crime. He said he has never met Ms Feyitayo Obot until the day he attacked her and that he was motivated to rob the deceased to enable him offset his hotel bill having spent two days above the one day he paid for.
According to the statement, Joshua in a bid to execute the crime without any trace, sneaked into the deceased room to steal her money and her phones but the deceased struggled with him but was overpowered. He then stabbed her with a sharp knife on the stomach and used the same knife to slit her throat. Satisfied that the woman was dead, he made away with her phones and a cash sum of twenty six thousand Naira (26,000) only.
Investigation revealed that the deceased was a lawyer who came to Lagos for a business meeting and lodged in a hotel at Opebi, Ikeja.
The autopsy result revealed that the following factors led to the death of the victim : Exsanguination which implies excessive loss of blood (b) Disruption of the left jugular vein and (c) sharp force trauma.
The suspect will be charged to court for murder.
Meanwhile, the CP has directed that the casefile be duplicated and forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.
In a related development, one Amara Ezeodum, male, was today 04/03/2019, nabbed by eagle-eyed policemen on anti crime patrol at No.66, Olaitan Sebanjo Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. The cry of one Miss Oluwatosin Graig who was robbed by the suspect attracted the policemen led by CSP Isah Abdulmajid to the scene.
The officers gave the felon a hot chase, arrested and recovered his gun from him.
The CP has commended the efforts of the Anti Crime Patrol team of Maroko Police Station and urged other police formations within the Command to emulate them.