Suspected killers of former Assistant Editor of Newswatch newspapers, Toyin Obadina said they killed the deceased because he struggled with them while they tried to dispossess him of his laptop.
The suspects: Adeshina Festus, Sunday Samuel, Ibrahim Adeokin and Babatunde Makinde made this disclosure Tuesday while they were being paraded by the Lagos State Police Command.
During interrogation, the suspects confessed to the police that they were responsible for the killing of the owner of a Toyota Salon car with number plate, AKD 701 CE that belonged to the deceased. During his confession, one of the suspects said that Oke, their gang leader, had shot the editor because he (Obadina) ‘struggled’ with the gang over his laptop.
Festus, 21, said, “On that night, I drove one of the two SUVs. When the man was approaching, we blocked his vehicle at a bad portion of the Ikorodu Road. After he was forced to stop, our ring leader in the other vehicle, Oke and Benjamin, went to meet him, I and the others stayed back. As this went on, we noticed that an argument ensued between them, and Oke shot him. The editor probably felt only the two robbers were at the spot, and he was trying to defend himself.’’
Shedding more light on why Obadina was killed, another suspect, Samuel, 22, from Udu, Delta State, said Oke wanted Obadina to part with his laptop, and a struggle had ensued.
According to Samuel “Oke our leader had carried the journalist’s laptop, and the man dragged the property with him. In annoyance, he shot him in the chest. I was part of the gang. I was inside the second vehicle. Oke and Benjamin were inside the Toyota Sienna that blocked the journalist’s vehicle.
“After shooting the journalist, we immediately drove away. We were all furious with Oke for shooting him. But we were afraid so that he would not shoot us too because he was a violent man. He had shot Babatunde before.’’