|PARADED: Prince Wale Oyekan and Lateef Balogun|
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At the headquarters of Lagos State Police Command on Friday [Dec. 14], a certain Prince Wale Oyekan, identified as son of late Oba Adeyinka Oyekan and Lateef Balogun were paraded for allegedly killing their employer, 62-year-old Alhaja Sikirat Ekun.
Alhaja Ekun was declared missing on October 16, 2012. The development prompted her sibling, Iyiola Olaniyi, to lodge a formal complaint at Area ‘G’ police command headquarters, Ogba.
This led to a search for her with investigation narrowing down to her house in Omole Estate area of Lagos where she equally operated a restaurant and bar known as Laibon Ventures Limited in the same premises.
In an attempt to get to the root of the sudden disappearance of the lady, the police arrested nine suspects and after a thorough screening, Oyekan who was an employee of the deceased, and working as a manager of the restaurant and bar was allegedly found to be the brain behind the missing woman.
Investigations revealed that while the search for her was on, Prince Oyekan had already sold her bus for N170,000, removed her landed property documents, and was using the late woman’s phone to send SMS to some members of the family pretending to be the Alhaja and telling them that “she learnt some people were wishing her dead, that she was very much alive and in Abuja”.
But the family members were worried that if she could send text messages, she could as well talk to them on phone, but all effort to reach her through the phone proved abortive.
Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Umar Manko who paraded the suspects on Friday revealed that they killed the victim in the early hours of October 17, by strangling her.
Investigation revealed that Prince Oyekan removed the woman vehicle after her death and sold it to Michael Dominic and Tunde Davies for N170,000.
The search for the woman led the police to invite a well digger, to dig the dry well in the compound where the corpse of the woman was discovered, about 1000 feet deep, together with some of her vital documents, which included Nigeria International Passport No. A00357120, driver’s license, pictures, keys to the deceased’s apartment, generating set, gas cylinder allegedly dumped in the well to prevent possible detection of the body.
While being paraded, Oyekan did not show any sign of remorse, rather he was busy talking about his human rights, particularly the right not to talk without his lawyer.
However, he later denied being responsible for the death, claiming it was the work of Lateef Balogun.