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principal suspect in the murder of winner of
2006 Guilder Ultimate Search, GUS, Hector
Jobarteh, yesterday, said Hector was killed in
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
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
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
"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
"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.
"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."
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
"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."