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Photo: Hired Killers Paid N300k To Murder London-Based Nigerian Arrested In Mushin Lagos

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Jan 8, 2015- Picture: Assassins Hired To Murder London-Based Nigerian Arrested In Mushin Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested four suspected assassins for allegedly agreeing to kill a London-based Nigerian.

It was learnt that the suspects agreed to carry out the deed after they were promised N300,000 by their client.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the four suspects; Salami Afeez, Dare Akinyemi, Fatai Olunje and Taiwo Akinyemi; were apprehended in the Mushin area of the state on December 11, 2014, by operatives of the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

Our correspondent learnt that a police detective had gone undercover as a prospective client to be able to locate the hideout of the suspects.

The police revealed that the suspected assassins were hired to kill a Nigerian, who resided in London and was planning to visit home.

The police added that the cop, who contacted the gang, wanted to be sure that the gang had guns, and therefore asked them to produce their weapons, which the gang allegedly did.

Our correspondent learnt that the detective, however, led the police to arrest the gang members in their hideout before they could carry out the operation.

Speaking with PUNCH Metro, 23-year-old Afeez said their client promised to pay the gang N300,000 for the assassination. He, however, denied that they had always been assassins, adding that they were only enticed by the money.

He said, “The client had not told us who the victim was. What he initially told us was that there was an election operation which we would carry out for a politician. He asked me to get more people to handle it. So, I got the other gang members.

“We planned everything with the client, who we simply refer to as chairman, at a beer parlour on Awawu Street, Mushin. Later on, when we were arrested, we got to know that one of those people we were dealing with was actually a detective.

“It was not that I worked as an assassin. I stay on Mustapha Street, Mushin, with my family where I work as generator repairer. I am also a cult member. I was initiated into the Aiye cult last year October. It was the money that enticed us. The chairman promised to give us N300,000 for the job.”

Also, Akinyemi, 31, said he was a drug trafficker before he was introduced to the gang. He added that he, however, had yet to partake in any operation with the members.

He said, “I stay in Mushin. I deal in drugs. It was Taiwo who said he had a group which wanted to carry out a lucrative operation, and I should be a part of it. I told them that I don’t indulge in armed robbery, but they promised me a huge part of the money.

“On the day we were arrested, we were about collecting the N300,000 payment. Taiwo and I went to a hotel lounge in Mushin, and that was where the police arrested us. I have never killed before. This is my first time. We intended to spend the money for Christmas.”

PUNCH Metro learnt that the third suspect, 43-year-old Olunje from Ilorin, Kwara Sate, was the one who supplied the guns to the gang. It was gathered that Olunje, who worked as a local security man, bought the guns in 2006 without a licence.

Kareem, 37, who also hailed from Kwara, said he was deceived into going on the operation, because their client, who only named himself as Chairman, made them believe he was a well-to-do politician.

Our correspondent learnt that the police had recovered three rifles and a locally-made gun from the suspects.

The Police spokesperson, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the arrest of the suspects, adding that investigations were ongoing.

He said, “The suspects have confessed to the crime. Investigation continues on the matter.”

[Reported By Olaleye Aluko, Punch Metro]



  1. Idayatu M

    January 8, 2015 at 4:43 AM

    Happy new year to all in the house

  2. Idayatu M

    January 8, 2015 at 4:44 AM

    So u plan to use the money u got from taking another person life to enjoy xmas? these are hardened criminal that deserves death sentence

    • Uzoma

      January 8, 2015 at 1:52 PM

      You are right Idayatu. They deserve death sentence together with the person who contracted them, the man they call chairman.

  3. Ib

    January 8, 2015 at 5:45 AM

    bla bla bla…the story get K-leg. Was the arrest planned by the Police to arrest these guys off the street?…who is “Chairman”? Who is the “detective” they ended up realizing they were dealing with?…Nigerian Police enh!!! Set up things!!!


    January 8, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Thank God there is no igbo among them, some igbo haters here says igbos are d only criminals in Nigeria, jealous people.

  5. Jilo

    January 8, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    These people are professional hired assassin who deserve death sentence. There is no justification for you to even agree with anybody to kill a fellow human being like yourself. They could have carried out the deal for real if not for the timely intervention of undercover operatives and now they are giving lame excuses. Fellow Nigerians, i’m still disturbed that the situation of our Country has become worst that people can be paid #50.000 naira just to take another person’s life. #300,000 naira is such a huge amount for you guys to go on random killing. I appreciate the way our detectives are carrying out their duties now. They don’t have to wait for the crime to happened before they can stop it. This system have been used by FBI,SSS and other intelligence agency to solve some crime and effect an arrest of some criminals in the society. Thumb up for our law enforcement officers. Finally the Justice department should not make a mistake by letting these killers find their way back into our society again, else they will devise another method of assassination.

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