Po­lice quiz wife of slain Bade­mosi

Fam­ily ex­presses shock, dis­misses vi­ral story on so­cial me­dia

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - PANORAMA - By Odita Sun­day

THE La­gos State po­lice com­mand has in­vited and in­ter­ro­gated Mrs. Bade­mosi, wife of the chair­man of Credit Switch lim­ited and Lotin of Ondo King­dom, Chief Ope Bade­mosi, who was grue­somely mur­dered at his home in high­brow Parkview Es­tate, Ikoyi, La­gos State on Oc­to­ber 31.

Mrs. Bade­mosi was in­vited to write her own state­ment af­ter the chef, Sun­day

Anani, the prime sus­pect in the mur­der case, was ar­rested last Fri­day.

On the fate­ful day of the in­ci­dent, Mrs. Bade­mosi had gone to the bank in the morn­ing to carry out some trans­ac­tions and re­turned home to find her hus­band in the pool of his blood.

The To­golese cook who was em­ployed three days be­fore the in­ci­dent dis­ap­peared im­me­di­ately the in­ci­dent hap­pened. He was later ar­rested in his hide­out in Akure, the Ondo State cap­i­tal.

In a video that went vi­ral, the cook al­leged that as­sas­sins killed the chief. The case has since been trans­ferred to the Homi­cide Sec­tion of the State Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and In­tel­li­gence Depart­ment, Yaba, where Mrs. Bade­mosi made her state- ment.

The La­gos State po­lice com­mand spokesman, Chike Oti, said he was not aware of any in­vi­ta­tion ex­tended to the wife of the slain busi­ness­man, but se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer at the Homi­cide sec­tion of the State Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and In­tel­li­gence Depart­ment (SCIID), Yaba, told The Guardian that the cook sus­pected to have mas­ter­minded the killing was still be­ing grilled for more in­for­ma­tion.

Mean­while, the de­ceased fam­ily yes­ter­day dis­missed in­sin­u­a­tions go­ing vi­ral on so­cial me­dia about the de­ceased. In a state­ment signed by the de­ceased sis­ter, Fiy­in­foluwa Bade­mosi, the fam­ily ex­pressed shock that at a time when they are yet to grap­ple with the grue­some mur­der the late chief, they are “in­un­dated with state­ments and in­sin­u­a­tions in the so­cial me­dia from friv­o­lous in­di­vid­u­als who have no busi­ness in rep­re­sent­ing the fam­ily on this mat­ter.

“The fam­ily ap­pre­ci­ates the gen­uine con­do­lences and prayers from all and sundry; as we mourn the de­par­ture of a great man, busi­ness icon, com­mu­nity leader and a lov­ing fam­ily man. I use this op­por­tu­nity to ap­peal to all our friends, as­so­ci­ates and the pub­lic in gen­eral to please dis­re­gard any state­ments from any quar­ters other than from the im­me­di­ate fam­ily, which I solely rep­re­sent and so­licit for your con­tin­ued prayers and well wishes.

The fam­ily is united and the com­fort of the Lord is our strength, in due time the ob­se­quies will be made pub­lic, mean­while we are await­ing the con­clu­sion of po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” she said.

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