style[amp-boilerplate] GUS winner, Hector Jobarteh,killing was an error— Suspect
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GUS winner, Hector Jobarteh,killing was an error— Suspect

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THE 39-year-old man, Ismaila Adeyemi,

principal suspect in the murder of winner of

2006 Guilder Ultimate Search, GUS, Hector

Jobarteh, yesterday, said Hector was killed in

error.



The suspect, who also confessed to have been

invited from Ibadan, Oyo State, to participate

in the operation, disclosed that late Hector's

brother, who was returning from abroad, was

the gang's target.



Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner of

Police, Imohimi Edgal, said Adeyemi was

arrested after an extensive manhunt.

According to him, "Ismail Adeyemi, who

pulled the trigger that killed the 2006 GUS

winner has confessed to the crime and

admitted to other various criminal activities

within the state.

"The suspect led operatives to Sango

Gasoline, Ijoko, where his operational

revolver pistol with nine rounds of live

ammunition was recovered. The suspect and

others earlier arrested will soon be charged

to court."

Confession

Speaking with Vanguard, the Osun State-born

suspect, who was paraded alongside other

robbery suspects arrested within two weeks

in Lagos, disclosed that a member of his

robbery gang in Ibadan, introduced him to

the leader of the gang that stormed late

Hector's house.

His words: "We were four that carried out the

operation. Keke led the gang. He did not tell

me where we were going. He only spoke with

Nonso a member of my gang in Ibadan, who

introduced me to him.

"I was the only Yoruba man among them.

Others were Igbo. We parked our operational

vehicle at a filling station close to the street

where we were going to operate. Later, a

black-complexioned lady came and spoke

with Keke in Igbo Language.

"She stayed with us for a while before

leaving. Few minutes later, she called Keke

on the phone to inform him that the vehicle

in which our target was, was approaching.

After the call the car drove past us into the

street. But we lost sight of it before we could

turn.

"Keke approached a woman on the street and

demanded to know the exact compound the

car drove into. He lied to the woman that the

vehicle in question broke our side mirror and

drove off.

"The woman pointed down the street. Keke

took time to check each compound until he

saw the vehicle inside one of the compounds.

He approached a lady in the compound and

requested for the exact apartment of owner

of the vehicle.

"The lady only pointed upstairs, but refused

to go with Keke. At that point, Keke pointed a

gun at her and ordered her to lead him

upstairs. When he got there, he called two of

us to join him. But when I went upstairs, I

discovered he had shot an old man for

refusing to cooperate with him.

Shot

"At that point, a young man rushed out of the

room. He was coming towards his father, but

Keke thought he was approaching him and, in

defence, shot him (Jobarteh).

"Thereafter, we went inside and collected the

bags that the returnee came with and left the

scene. We drove to a hideout in Ijaye, where

we opened the bag and discovered it

contained just children canvass, flowers,

boxers and personal effects.

"I only got a white phone from the items,

which I gave to my brother to sell. He sold it

for N7,000, out of which I gave him N2,000.

So, I got only N5,000 from that operation.

"The intention was never to kill the wrong

man. He was mistaken for the real target.

The plan was to attack the man that was

returning from abroad and shoot him if he

puts up any resistance. Even when Keke shot

the old man, I was quarrelling with him and

he almost shot me in the process.

"I am a member of a robbery gang. We

operate sometimes in Lagos, but mainly in

Ibadan. I brought two guns from Ibadan for

this operation. We were all armed on that

day, but I never fired a shot."

Other robberies

Some robbery operations he confessed to

have participated in included that of a filling

station in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, where he

said he got N300,000 as his share of the loot.

Another was in Abule-Egba, Lagos, and a

recharge card store in the same area.

He said the phone stolen from late Hector's

house gave him away.

Vanguard gathered that when the suspect's

apartment was searched, the exact native

attire he was described to have worn on the

day of the operation was found.

However, Adeyemi said the description of

the attire fitted that worn by Keke, who he

claimed pulled the trigger on late Hector.

He said: "Keke wore brown guinea brocade

on a pair of jean trousers, while I wore a

native also. But I was not the one that fired

the shot. I was arrested through the phone I

took.

"I don't know how the Police traced the

phone to the buyer, who in turn mentioned

my brother as the person that sold it to him."
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