The son of a senior female police officer has been arrested for murder and cultism.
The son of a serving police officer in Lagos, Sunday Omosuyi, and another man, a painter, Qudus Mustapha, have been arrested for their involvement in armed robbery, cultism and the murder of one Taiye Iyanda, a member of the Oodua People's Congress (OPC).
According to police reports, the murdered man was reportedly hacked to death by suspected members of the Eiye Confraternity over the money that a politician gave out to be shared between the OPC and cult members on Bako Street, Ajegunle, Ikorodu area of the state.
An eyewitness narrated that the police officer's son had been terrorising the area and no one could do anything to him due to the influence of his mother.
“Omosuyi belongs to a cult group and he and his members have been terrorising residents of this area for long and no one could do anything to him due to the fear of his mother who is a senior police officer.
In the build up to the general elections, a member of one of the political parties visited the Ajegunle area in Ikorodu and gave out about N200, 000. The money was to be shared by the OPC and the Eiye members in the area.
The two groups were always at each other’s neck in the community and had been having a running battle. The OPC members attacked the Eiye members that fateful afternoon. It was when the Eiye members retaliated that Iyanda was killed."
The police were said to have launched a manhunt for the killers of the victim and the search led to the arrest of Omosuyi and Mustapha, who both confessed to being members of the Eiye Confraternity.
But in his confession to the police, Omosuyi admitted to being a member of the cult group:
"I am a member of the Eiye Confraternity. I am ashamed of myself because my father is a retired customs officer while my mother is a serving policewoman.
She had warned me several times that I should stop before I get caught and disgrace the family, but I did not listen. But I was not with the people that killed the man."
On his part, Mustapha said though he knew the victim, he did not participate in the murder:
"On the day Taiye (Iyanda) was killed, the OPC members had first attacked us. They returned later in the day and chased us. We went to regroup and chased them back, which was how they all ran away.
There were three of us pursuing Taiye and when we got him, my mates who had cutlasses, started hacking him till he died. I don’t know about it. And I beg for forgiveness."
But a police source said the two suspects and others at large have questions to answer:
"Omosuyi, for instance, has his own gun that he uses for operation. All those Eiye members are the same and they have been terrorising the Ajegunle area for some time.
But with the arrest of these ones and others we are trailing, I am sure sanity will return to the area."