16 months after, Police arrest killer of Oyo lawmaker
At last, the long arm of the law has finally caught up with the killer of a lawmaker of the state house of assembly, Gideon Aremu, who was gruesomely murdered in his house last year.
Aremu represented Oorelope State Constituency and was elected on the platform of the Labour Party.
Contrary to the widely held view that his killing about 16 months ago was politically motivated, the kingpin of the lawmaker’s death, who confessed to have pulled the trigger, Kola Arobiole, 30, was among the 22 suspects arrested for various criminal offences ranging from armed robbery to ritual, cultism, theft and burglary.
The self-confessed killer narrated how the lawmaker was shot after attempting to raise the alarm during the robbery attack.
Arobiole said: “We never planned to kill him.
“After we searched and there was no good money found on him, we took his phone.
“And as we are about to leave, he sighted one of us who is known to him.
“He grabbed him and started shouting.
“This made us to feel uncomfortable, so I was asked to shoot him to prevent the people from tracing us.
“He did not cooperate with us.”
An elated Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, at a press briefing said Arobiole was arrested in another robbery act in Ibadan after returning from Ekiti State where he hid after killing the lawmaker last year.
Dude said: “A runaway member of the armed robber gang which robbed and gruesomely murdered Hon. Gideon Aremu, member of the Oyo State House of Assembly representing Oorelope constituency, in his Alakia, Ibadan residence on July 1, 2016, has been arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Command.
“The suspect, who has been on the wanted list of the Police Command, escaped to Ekiti State, his country home shortly after the dastardly act.
“However, nemesis caught up with the notorious armed robbery suspect when he was arrested in his criminal hideout at Aisegba area, Ekiti after sneaking into the state and led another armed robbery gang to snatch a motorcycle from its owner at Egbeda area of the state.”
The 30-year-old robbery suspect was arrested with two other members of his gang – Taofeek Bashiru (28) and Suleiman Oladiti (27), while operating on a motorcycle to rob two other victims of the valuable property, including cash.
They were said to have snatched at gunpoint a Bajaj Boxer motorcycle with registration number AYJ 038 QM.