A night guard, Moshood Rasaq, has been arrested by operatives of the Osun State Police Command in connection with the murder of a 40-year-old motor mechanic, Mohammed Badmus, at Ibuowo Estate, Okinni area of the state.
Narrating the incident to journalists, a co-tenant to the deceased, Hammed Oparinde, alleged that the N300,000 the deceased wanted to use to buy an engine for a customer’s vehicle he had in his pocket as of the time he was killed was also stolen.
On what transpired between the deceased and the night guards employed by the community, Oparinde said Badmus left a birthday party on Saturday at about midnightand headed home when he was accosted by the guards on duty.
According to him, the guards used a machete to beat the deceased as they walked him home, adding that they allowed him to open the door to his house through the backyard and waited for him at the main entrance.
He said “Badmus entered his house through the backyard and came out from the main door to prove to the guards that he was the owner of the house. But despite that, one of the guards fired a shot which hit Badmus on the chest. He died on the spot. Before his death, he had planned a trip to Lagos today (Saturday) to buy an engine for a vehicle.
“He had N300,000 for the engine on him, but we could not find the money. We only saw his phone.
His remains had been deposited at the morgue of the University of Osun Teaching Hospital, Osogbo. Badmus was married and had three children. The eldest is about five years old,” Oparinde added.
A local, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter, said the four guards that were on duty on Friday had been arrested by the police.
Confirming the incident, the state police spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, said a guard, Moshood Rasaq, had been arrested in connection with the crime.
She said, “It was reported to us that Rasaq used his dane gun to shoot one Mohammed Badmus, aged 40 and he died instantly. The suspect has been arrested and the gun used recovered by the police. The corpse has been taken to the University of Osun Teaching Hospital morgue for autopsy. Investigation is ongoing.”