A 20-year-old polytechnic student awaiting industrial training identified as Toluwalase Kembi has been killed by her boyfriend when she paid him a visit in the Ikorodu area.
The 33-year-old boyfriend identified as Owolabi Yusuf said he was paid N2m to carry out the act.
Yusuf, who is also known as alfa, is now in the custody of the Elere Police Division in the Agege area, where the matter was reported.
Newsnaija learned that the victim, who lived with her parents on Orile Road, TabonTabon, Agege, had gone to sleep over in Yusuf’s place in the Ladeja area of Ikorodu, on July 28, when she was allegedly hacked to death and her body reportedly cut into pieces for ritual purposes.
The family told our source that the police had yet to recover the corpse.
It was gathered that the suspect was arrested by the police at Elere division in the third week of August 2020 upon fleeing to Ilorin, Kwara State, after carrying out the evil act.
The suspect reportedly confessed to the police that he allegedly connived with three other fleeing persons, including a herbalist named Owonikoko, to kill the 20-year-old student with a pestle during her visit.
The family reported that the victim, who just completed the National Diploma, should have proceeded for IT if not for the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The victim’s father, known as Oluwatoyin Kembi, who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State, a government retiree, lamented during an interview.
He said “When she did not return home, we thought she went missing; we didn’t know she had been murdered and her body cut into pieces,”
Meanwhile, Abimbola, Toluwalase’s elder sister, urged the police to ensure that justice was served in the matter.
She stated that the suspect told the police that it is the herbalist who knows where the body is. But it is over three weeks now and we are afraid that the matter could die down. The case is still at the division. We were expecting that it would have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, for more investigation,”
SP Muyiwa Adejobi, The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident, adding that efforts were being intensified to arrest three other fleeing suspects.
Adejobi, said, “Yes, we have a murder case at hand. Preliminary investigation revealed that one Owolabi Yusuf put a call to the deceased and we have been able to establish the involvement of Yusuf who is with us presently.’
“We have three fleeing suspects. The police will do the needful to apprehend all those at large, a proper investigation will be done and justice will be served.”