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Chief Opeyemi Bademosi’s Murder: CCTV captures Togolese cook’s violent meltdown

Shocking CCTV visuals have emerged from the residence of the late Chief Opeyemi Bademosi in Lagos in which his Togolese cook stabbed his boss to death.

The CCTV footage analysed by the Police revealed how the cook Sunday Adefonou, allegedly stabbed chief Bademosi on the chest three times on Oct. 31 and escaped with valuables.

“The suspect broke down in tears and confessed to the act after he was confronted with evidence of the CCTV footage, the Lagos State Police Command said.

“The suspect led the investigation team to the crime scene demonstrating/reconstructing how he carried out the crime.

“On Oct. 31, three days after assuming duty, the suspect with the intention to rob the deceased, made his way to his boss bedroom through the kitchen to the lobby and then to the room which was the scene of crime when he observed that the woman of the house, Mrs Ebunola Bademosi, left home for a transaction in a neighbourhood bank,” said CSP Chike Oti, Lagos Police spokesperson.

Oti said the suspect had told the deceased that he was not there to kill him but to get money while armed with a knife.

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“According to the suspect, when he got to the deceased room and met him on the bed, he said “Chief I am not here to kill you” the deceased asked him “what do you want” and he replied “money”. “The deceased said he had no money in the house.

At this point, the suspect said he tied him up with a cloth and put him on the floor. He went further to say that the deceased while still on the floor kicked him causing the knife he tucked inside his pants to fall off. “He added that the deceased crawled to pick the knife but he (the suspect) was faster, that he struggled with him and the knife accidentally pierced the deceased.

He said that while exiting the room, the deceased took the knife to stab him so he kicked him and he fell down. “He then took the knife and stabbed him twice on the chest which added to three knife stabs. “When he was done killing the man, he entered his bathroom and threw away his apron already stained with blood and the kitchen knife used as murder weapon.

“He thereafter heard a knock on the kitchen door, sensing it must be the deceased wife, he ran out of the room and exited from the sitting room door. “He was confronted by the guard at the gate, one Nura Mamudu, who asked him where he was hurrying to and he replied that “madam sent me on an errand”

“Finding himself in the street, he came across men loading cement into a truck. He assisted them and they rewarded him with a lift to Ondo State and N500.00 given to him by the truck driver in appreciation.” Oti said.

The PPRO added that investigation revealed that the deceased’s wife entered the crime scene through the sitting room after knocking several times on the kitchen door without response from the suspect.

He said that the deceased, some minutes before his death, called his wife, Ebunola Bademosi on phone, complaining that the suspect broke into his bedroom uninvited. “The samples recovered from the scene of the incident have been handed over to Forensic and DNA Department of Ministry of Justice for examination and analysis.” he added.

 

 

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