The three people detained in connection with the murder of Sub-Lt. Samuel Akingbohun, a naval officer, in ldo-Ani, Ose Local Government Area, Ondo State, have explained why and how they killed the officer following an incident.
The accused, Ayomide Sambo, Johnson Adeleke, and Shagari Francis, all 17, admitted to killing the officer in an interrogation when they were being paraded by the state police command. They did this because the officer had attacked one of them.
The three suspects have just graduated from the town’s high school.
They described how they struck the dead officer’s head and scrotum with an iron rod.
Ayomide Sambo, 20, described how the naval officer headbutted and slapped his companion Johnson Adeleke when they were battling for the right of way in the neighborhood.
We pursued him and cornered him at a crossroads, where we assaulted him with an iron rod because we were so irritated.
“When we came across the naval officer, we were our route to get a power bank. He was coming from the wrong direction, and the area from where he was coming was poor.When my companion shoved the officer with his shoulder, we were both trying to move in the right direction.The naval officer gave him a headbutt and a slap out of anger.
“We began pleading with the naval officer. It was bogus military people, my friend claimed after the naval officer had left.At that point, we borrowed a bike, followed him to the intersection, and confronted him.
“The naval officer and my friend started fighting. It was in the process that I picked up an iron rod and began to hit him all over his body. My friend also collected the iron rod from them and started hitting him.
“But the two of my friends are now denying it and saying that I was the only one that hit him with the iron rod.
“We have never seen the officer before. That was the first time we set our eyes on him. Even the Okada rider that carried us was saying that where my friend hit him with the iron rod was dangerous.
“We were arrested while trying to flee from the town. I was first arrested, while the other two were arrested the following day after I told the naval officers their whereabouts. The two of them are now saying that I was the only one that hit him.”
The second suspect, Johnson Adeleke, aged 20, however denied his involvement in the beating and killing of the officer.
Adeleke said: “When I was on my way to remove my power bank, I mistakenly hit my elbow with the navy officer. He slapped me and gave me a headbutt. At that moment, we didn’t know that he was a naval officer.
“After the fisticuffs, we took a bike and traced him. After catching up with him, I confronted him, but he refused to say anything.
“The friend of the naval officer used his elbow to hit Ayomide, it was at that point that Ayomide picked up the iron rod and started hitting him. I did not hit him at all, it was Ayomide that was hitting him.
“I was already out of Idoani in a bid to escape when my mother’s elder brother called me to report to the station.”
The third suspect, Shagari Francis, 17, in an interview said: “I didn’t hit the naval officer. I was just following them. I was arrested when my mother took me to the station to ask if I was part of them.”
Funmi Odunlam, the command’s spokesperson, commented that the accused would soon be charged in court for prosecution following a police probe.
“At the moment, three suspects are in custody, and during questioning, we realized that one of those mobilized to the scene was one Ayomide Sambo. When he got there, he carried an iron rod, hit him on the head and his testicles, and then started stoning him,” Odunlami added.
Later, he lost consciousness and was taken to the local hospital, where the doctor pronounced him dead.