My daugh­ter was buried on church premises – LASU stu­dent’s fa­ther

• Osun pas­tor, mother, son kill vic­tim for money rit­u­als

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Deji Lambo, Daud Olatunji and Bola Bamigbola

PAS­TOR David Da­ley­oladele, whose daugh­ter, Favour, was grue­somely mur­dered al­legedly by one Owolabi Adeeko; his mother, iden­ti­fied sim­ply as Mrs Adeeko; and the pas­tor of a white gar­ment church, Se­gun Philip, in the Ikoyi-ile area of Osun State, has stated that the dis­mem­bered body of the vic­tim was buried on the church premises.

PUNCH Metro gath­ered that Favour, a 400-level un­der­grad­u­ate of the De­part­ment of Theatre Arts, Lagos State Uni­ver­sity, after a short visit to her par­ents in the Mowe area of Ogun State, de­parted for school on December 8, 2019, but while on her way, she went to see Owolabi, said to be her boyfriend, at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion.

Owolabi re­port­edly lured

Favour to the Ikoyi-ile area around Apomu and Ikire, Osun State, where he re­port­edly con­nived with his mother and Philip to kill and use the 22-yearold’s body parts for money rit­ual.

When they got to Ikoyi-ile, it was learnt that Owolabi took the vic­tim to the Fortress ho­tel, where he al­legedly drugged her and brought her to Philip’s church and used a pes­tle to smash her head while she was asleep.

Im­me­di­ately after per­pe­trat­ing the act, Philip was al­leged to have used a knife to slit Favour’s throat.

The self-styled pas­tor re­port­edly ripped Favour’s chest open, re­moved her heart and used it to pre­pare a con­coc­tion for Owolabi and his mother to eat.

The con­coc­tion was said to be part of the rit­u­als to boost the fi­nan­cial standing of Owolabi and his mother.

Favour’s sud­den dis­ap­pear­ance and the in­abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with her had be­come a source of con­cern to her par­ents, whose ef­forts to trace her to LASU and her hos­tel off the cam­pus proved abortive.

The de­ceased’s fa­ther, David, said a case of a miss­ing per­son was later re­ported to the po­lice, who tracked her mo­bile phone’s lo­ca­tion to Ikoyi-ile.

While de­mand­ing jus­tice for his daugh­ter, David said the sus­pects, after per­pe­trat­ing the crime, buried Favour’s re­mains in front of the church.

he stated, “She came home for a short visit and was to go back to school for her fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tion. But while at home, she re­ceived a phone call from an anony­mous per­son and told us that she would be see­ing a friend on her way to school. But when it got late, I called her phone but it was un­reach­able; her mother could also not con­tact her.

“On Mon­day and Tues­day, she didn’t call and her num­ber was still not go­ing through, so, we went to search for her in school and her hos­tel, but she was nowhere to be found. I also went to hos­pi­tals and mor­tu­ar­ies to search for her but did not see her, so, I went to re­port at the Mowe Po­lice Sta­tion.

“It was from the po­lice sta­tion that a tracker traced her phone to Ikoyi-ile in Osun State and we all mo­bilised to the place. The lo­ca­tion looks like a jun­gle and the church was in­side a very thick bush; the sus­pects were ar­rested. I saw a black honda parked on the church premises and also where they buried my daugh­ter in front of the church.

“I want jus­tice. My wife is se­ri­ously ill; I had to rush her to the Bio­batam hospital in Iyana Ipaja, Lagos. her ill­ness is be­cause of stress and as a re­sult of what hap­pened. This is a try­ing time for me.”

David wife’s sis­ter, Peygo Ogu, ex­plained, “My sis­ter’s con­di­tion is crit­i­cal. She had been ill be­fore the in­ci­dent, but what hap­pened to her daugh­ter com­pounded her con­di­tion.”

The Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Ogun State, Abim­bola Oyeyemi, said three sus­pects had been ar­rested, ad­ding that the state Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Ken­neth Ebrim­son, had trans­ferred the case to the homi­cide Sec­tion of the State Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and In­tel­li­gence De­part­ment for proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Oyeyemis­tated,“thede­ceased was re­ported to have left home to an un­known des­ti­na­tion since Sun­day, December 8, 2019, and had not been seen since then, hence she was re­ported miss­ing by her par­ents at the Mowe Po­lice Sta­tion. Upon the re­port, the DPO, Mowe Daivi­sion, Marvis Jayeola, de­tailed his crack de­tec­tives to un­ravel the mys­tery be­hind Favour’s sud­den dis­ap­pear­ance.

“The de­tec­tives went into full-scale tech­ni­cal and foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the case and their ef­forts paid off when the move­ment of the de­ceased was traced to a white gar­ment church in far away Ikoyi-ile in Osun State.

“The church was be­ing shep­herded by Se­gun Philip, and on get­ting to the church, the self-ac­claimed pas­tor was promptly ar­rested, but he was quick to in­form the de­tec­tives that the girl was brought to him by her boyfriend, Owolabi Adeeko, who was still within the vicin­ity of the church. The said boyfriend was traced and ap­pre­hended.

“On in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Owolabi Adeeko con­fessed to the po­lice that the de­ceased was his girl­friend and that he lured her to Ikoyi-ile, where he had per­fected plans with the so­called pas­tor Se­gun Philip to use her for money rit­u­als. he stated

fur­ther that while the girl was sleep­ing, the pas­tor gave him a pes­tle with which he used to smash her head and the pas­tor quickly used a knife to cut off her neck, ripped open her chest and re­moved her heart, which he used in pre­par­ing a con­coc­tion for him and his mother to eat.”

Oyeyemi ex­plained that Owolabi, dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, con­fessed to hav­ing per­pe­trated the crime to boost his fam­ily’s fi­nan­cial state, ad­ding that Philip de­manded a hu­man be­ing for the rit­u­als.

The PPRO stated, “When asked what pushed him into such a dev­il­ish act, Owolabi ex­plained that he de­cided to go into money rit­u­als be­cause things were not go­ing well with his par­ents, es­pe­cially his mother, who is the bread­win­ner of the fam­ily; and when he sought as­sis­tance from the pas­tor, he was asked to bring a hu­man be­ing for that pur­pose and the only avail­able per­son at that time was his girl­friend.

“Mean­while, the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Ken­neth Ebrim­son, has or­dered the im­me­di­ate trans­fer of the sus­pects to the Homi­cide Sec­tion of the SCIID for proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Ebrim­son, who de­scribed the grue­some mur­der of the de­ceased as a high de­gree of wicked­ness, vowed to en­sure that the sus­pects face the full wrath of the law.”

Some LASU stu­dents, who were shocked by Favour’s death, are de­mand­ing jus­tice for their late school mate.

A Twit­ter user, @La­su_pr, whochron­i­cledthe­cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Favour’s death, al­leged that Owolabi was an exs­tu­dent of the in­sti­tu­tion and met the vic­tim two months ago.

He tweeted, “It’s im­por­tant for us to ap­pre­ci­ate the good work of the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­ficers but what is most trou­ble­some is that the duo of Owolabi Adeeko and Prophet Se­gun Philip were boast­ing.”

@RUCCIFIED tweeted, “We truly hope that the @ La­suof­fi­cial, to­gether with the @lagosstat­e­gov and other state and fed­eral law agen­cies against bru­tal­ity and evil prac­tices would lend a voice and take ac­tion to en­sure that the cul­prits are brought to book.”

The Co­or­di­na­tor, Cen­tre for In­for­ma­tion, Press and Pub­lic Re­la­tions, LASU, Ade­mola Adekoya, said in a state­ment that the Vice-chan­cel­lor, Prof. Olan­re­waju Fag­bo­hun, had called for calm among the un­der­grad­u­ates, stat­ing that

•The sus­pects

• Favour

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