The 2018 Ekimogun Festival in Ondo Town which was scheduled to hold in December this year has been cancelled following the death of Chairman of the Credit Switch Technology, Chief Ope Bademosi.
Bademosi, who was also the chairman of a socio-cultural organisation in the town, the Ondo Development Committee, was reported to have been killed last week by his cook, Sunday Anani in his Lagos home.
Bademosi was reportedly found in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds.
“I heard a scream from the wife, so I ran outside to their flat and saw her screaming outside with people holding her as she said that her husband had been murdered. When we got inside, we saw the man in a pool of blood with the volume of music increased to the highest level,” a neighbour reportedly said.
“Already we had called the attention of the estate police before going in and they arrived just on time. According to the wife, she said she left her husband very early this morning to do some transactions in the bank. On her way back, she called her husband and couldn’t hear what he was saying as his words were barely cohesive, and was just muttering words before the call dropped.
“She attempted to call him back but he wasn’t picking up his phone. On getting home, the security was still asleep and couldn’t even respond to her car horns till she got down from her car, to bang on the security’s window; that was when the security eventually woke up to open the gate for her. But unfortunately, on entering, she met her husband lying in a pool of his own blood and couldn’t find the cook who just resumed work on Sunday anywhere.
“That was when she screamed out for help and sent the security to help her run to see if he can still apprehend the cook. Perhaps because of fear, the security who was just employed on Sunday as well, also took to his heels upon the news that his new boss had been murdered”.
In an interview with a homicide investigation officer, a source who pleaded anonymity, said: “This is very wicked. In fact, that guy must be a devil itself. He stabbed the man in multiple places. I was the first to enter the apartment. In fact, the music was so loud that even if you were to be killing 20 people here, no one would hear them scream. I was the one that put off the sound upon entering.
“After committing the act, the guy went to the toilet and pulled off the white uniform meant for cooks he was wearing because it was all stained with blood. He also left the knife he used inside the toilet there. If you see the knife, it’s a very strong, long and sharp knife that could only be authorised for military personnel. Afterward, he ransacked the whole apartment and carted away all valuables he could lay his hands on including an unaccountable sum of money, jewelries and the deceased phone.
“What baffles us more is that, no one seems to know anything about him because he was only employed few days ago and brought from Ondo state to resume just this last Sunday. And they only know him by his first name, which is Sunday. Again, we went through his things and found some old pictures of him putting on a camouflage belonging to republic of Benin military. Also he was in a group picture with all of them wearing Benin Republic military uniform, which suggests that he could be an ex-service man in Benin Republic.”
Mustapha Tijani, divisional police officer (DPO) of Ikoyi division, said an official statement would be issued by the police as soon as investigation is over.
Interestingly, cook and suspected killer of the Chairman of Credit Switch Technology, Chief Ope Bademosi, arrested in Ondo, has denied killing his master. Sunday Afobale, who was paraded in Akure by the Ondo State Police Command, alleged that no fewer than six men invaded his master’s apartment on Onikoyi Lane, Parkview Estate, lkoyi area of Lagos last Wednesday and killed him.
The suspect said the security guard should be questioned on how the assailants gained entry into the house. According to him, the assailants entered through the front door minutes after Bademosi’s wife left the house that morning. He said that he was in the kitchen when one of the assailant’s walked to him and asked him to lead him to his master’s bedroom. “ One of the killers gave me a blow when I wanted to shout and others stood at the door”, the cook narrated.
“ After I showed them the master’s room, they knocked and Oga was naked and they all rushed into the room and were asking for money “ Oga said he had no money but he could transfer money to them but one of them said no, that they would be traced if the money was transferred to their account. They insisted that Oga should give them money. He gave them what he had but they said it was not enough and they dragged him to the bathroom. “ lt was there they tied him up and killed him.