A principal suspect in the murder of erstwhile gubernatorial candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the 2007 general elections in Ogun State, Otunba Oladipupo Akanni Dina, has been arrested by the Police at the Force Criminal Investigations Department, FCID, Annex, Alagbon, Lagos.
The suspect, however, told Vanguard that he had no hands in the killing of the politician.
Parading the 25-year-old suspect identified as Ben Faton Djidemon Aguemon alias Mathew Asumo, in Lagos, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of the annex, John Ahmadu said he was arrested after a ‘thorough discreet profiling’ in both Nigeria and Benin Republic by detectives investigating the case.
Ahmadu said: “The suspect who allegedly specialized in snatching exotic vehicles along the Owode- Idiroko axis at gun point, in conjunction with his fleeing foreign and local accomplices in crime, had driven the late politician’s black Toyota Camry marked FQ661EKY, into his criminal receivers in the neighbouring country.
“The incident was a big challenge to the Police. But with the immense assistance of the Federal Government, the Police have made several arrests and placed other suspects outside the country, especially in Benin Republic on watch list, through the Interpol and diplomatic circle.
“Police efforts in conjunction with foreign collaboration led to the arrest of one Ben Faton Djidemon Aguemon alias Mathew Asumo, a Beninois. He specializes in snatching vehicles along Owode-Idiroko road at gun point.
“He has confessed to taking various cars especially jeeps through the bush path into Benin Republic with foreign and local collaborators. He is believed to have driven the late Dipo Dina’s car to his criminal receivers in Benin Republic whose identities are closely guarded for security reasons.
“The Police are on the trail of other suspects who are connected with the killing of the late politician. Other suspects connected with series of car snatching along the Owode, Sango-Ota and Idiroko axis have been arrested and are undergoing interrogation.
This brings to the fore that Oladipupo Akanni Dina and others on the ill-fated journey might have been victims of armed robbery attack. And the actual killers are still being looked for. The public is, however, requested to avail the police with information on this and any other criminal information of relevance:, he stated.
On the fate of some of the suspects earlier arrested which included driver to the late politician, Tunde Oyediran, and one Prophetess (Mrs.) Olufumilayo Olagoke, who were in the car with the late politician when he was killed, Ahmadu said they would soon be granted bail because investigations had shown that they were on a personal business when the incident took place.
Otunba Oladipupo Dina was killed by unknown gun men in January 25, 2010 at a spot opposite the Covenant University gate along the Sango-Ota, Idiroko road.
Source : Vanguard: By Emma Nnadozie, Crime Editor & Evelyn Usman