Baale, 4 Others Arrested For Murder
The police at Okokomaiko Division in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, have arrested the Baale of Mebamu Kingdom, Chief Mosiu Adio Hassan, and four others over the alleged murder of a woman.
The woman was shot dead and secretly buried in the area without her husband’s consent to cover up the crime.
P.M.NEWS learnt that the couple was attacked because they are related to the former Baale known as Kolawale, who was dethroned by Hassan last year.
The police also allegedly recovered arms during the arrest of the suspects who have been handed over to the State Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja, Lagos for further investigation.
The 24-year old housewife, Faith Elo Ibrahim, was allegedly shot with her husband, Bashiru Ibrahim, while they were returning from the market by the security aides of the Baale.
The woman died a few days after from the gun shot wounds, while her husband survived the attack.
The incident happened at Mechanic Bus Stop near the Baale’s palace in Mebamu area in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos.
P.M.NEWS learnt while Ibrahim was still in a hospital recovering from the gun shot wounds, the Baale allegedly buried the woman without police report and autopsy or even informing her husband.
Narrating what happened, Ibrahim said he went to the market to buy some food items with his late wife on the fateful day..
After buying what they needed that evening and were returning home, they were accosted by some men with cutlasses and guns close to his house and the Baale’s palace.
He said they asked him where they were going or coming from that evening.
Ibrahim said while he was still explaining, one of them hit his back with a cutlass, while another he identified as Wale pointed the gun he was carrying at him and shot him and his wife and fled.
He said he was shot at his waist while his wife was badly injured both in her waist and other parts of her body and she later died because of the injuries.
Ibrahim said they were left at the scene and neighbours who knew them and saw what happened rushed them to a private hospital, Ademola Medical Centre at Ijanikin area, where his wife eventually died two days after.
He alleged that while he was still in pains at the hospital, the Baale conspired with other people to bury his wife secretly without informing him.
He said since the incident happened, their only daughter, Opeyemi, had kept asking him about her mother.
Ibrahim said those behind the death of his wife must be brought to justice.
When P.M.NEWS contacted Baale Hassan, he confirmed the incident and said it was the security men that shot the victims and he only intervened to settle the matter peacefully.
He said he settled with the family of the deceased before she was buried and declined to comment on the allegations that he illegally owned weapons and his thugs harassed residents of the area.
Whem P.M.NEWS visited the Okoko Police Division, the DPO, Richard Temple, who confirmed the arrest, said the matter had been transfered to SARS.
He declined to make further comments and referred our reporter to SARS or PPRO concerning the matter.