Weeks after news went rife on social media of the attempted murder of an American, Robert Wheelers, in Ikorodu community for ritual purposes; security operatives attached to the Zone 2 Police Command have arrested a suspect in connection with the event.
According to Police sources, a suspect, Orabe Philips Leo, a middle aged man, has been arrested for allegedly attempting to murder the victim. Recall that the suspect had allegedly lured his victim to Ikorodu where he tried to kill him.
According to reports, the victim had called the suspect to pick him up at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja when he arrived Nigeria based on their previous relationship.
The American was said to have first met the suspect when he came to Nigeria to work with the Tony Elumelu Foundation in 2015.
It was gathered that the suspect arrived Nigeria for an undisclosed business trip on August 25, 2017. He was then picked from the airport by the suspect who drove him straight to his residence at Adeniyi Street, Ikorodu, where he was to stay until his return to the United States. However, at midnight, the suspect allegedly attacked his visitor and left him in a pool of his own blood and fled.
At the time of the incident, Police sources and members of the Oyanbo vigilance team who spoke to InsideMainland quenched the reports of murder and ritual killings.
However, the suspect was reportedly arrested in his hideout in Ikorodu; weeks after the Police launched a manhunt for him when the case was reported at the Command.
The suspect was reportedly picked up and during interrogation by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2, Ibrahim Adamu, he confessed to have clubbed the victim’s head with a pestle three times.
In his confessional statement, he confirmed to have attempted to murder his visitor because he allegedly reneged on his promise to give him an unspecified amount of money.
“He refused to fulfill his promise to me after I had invested so much in my effort to get money from him. I even consulted a white garment church where I was given a charm to use on the man. It would have worked but I got angry when the victim didn’t obey my instructions,” he told the Police. Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in charge of Zone 2, SP Dolapo Badmos, said investigation was on the case.
[written by Idris Aina]