The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a chef identified as Joshua Usulor for allegedly killing a Lawyer, Feyitayo Obot.
A report into the incident had revealed that the 34-year-old lawyer came into Lagos for a business meeting and lodged at a hotel in Opebi, Ikeja area of the state.
The report further revealed that Usulor who had been owing the hotel, in an effort to pay his debt sneaked into Obot’s room but in the process of robbing her, the lawyer was killed.
Chike Oti, the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, while speaking on the incident stated that investigation into the murder led to the apprehension of Usulor, who after perpetrating the crime ran away from the hotel.
Oti said, “On January 26, 2019, the Lagos State Police Command received a report that one Feyitayo Obot, 34, was gruesomely murdered in her hotel room at Opebi, Ikeja, by one Joshua Usulor, 21. Sequel to the report, the command sent its homicide detectives to the scene of the crime, where they collected important exhibits for forensic analysis.”
“The body, which had multiple stab wounds in the abdominal region and its throat slit open with a sharp object, was recovered for the autopsy.”
“Although the suspect absconded after committing the crime, the state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Mu’azu, charged the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, Yetunde Longe, to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the culprit was arrested and prosecuted.”
“Painstaking investigation, however, led to the arrest of the suspect on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at his hideout in the Victoria Island area of the state. During interrogation, the suspect confessed to have committed the crime. He said he never met Ms Feyitayo Obot until the day he attacked her and that he was motivated to rob the deceased to enable him to offset his hotel bills, having spent two more days than the one day he paid for.”
According to the PPRO, the suspect took away the Lawyer’s phones and #26,000, he revealed that Feyitayo died as a result of excessive loss of blood and disruption of the jugular vein.
He said, “To execute his plans undetected, Usulor claimed that he sneaked into the deceased’s room to steal her money and her phones, but she struggled with him and was overpowered. He then stabbed her with a sharp knife in the stomach and used the same knife to slit her throat. Satisfied that the woman was dead, he made away with her phones and a cash sum of N26,000.”
“Investigation revealed that the deceased was a lawyer, who came to Lagos for a business meeting and lodged at a hotel in Opebi, Ikeja. The autopsy result revealed that the following factors led to the death of the victim: excessive loss of blood, disruption of the left jugular vein and sharp force trauma.”
Oti stated that the suspect would be charged to court for murder.
He added that the commissioner of police had ordered that the case file is duplicated and forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.