The Lagos State Police has paraded one Precious Victor, a barman at King’s Bar in the Anifowose area of the state, for allegedly killing his boss, Tajudeen Oso.
Victor was paraded alongside his friend Ahmed, a regular customer at the bar. The crime was said to have been carried out by Victor, Ahmed, and another man identified as Kelechi.
Narrating what happened to PUNCH, Victor said:
I live in an accommodation on the premises of the bar. Kelechi lives with me as well. I was actually introduced to my boss (the victim) by Kelechi’s boss. We discussed the plan and when Ahmed, whom I had known as a regular customer, came to the bar to drink on Friday, I also told him about the plan and he said he was interested.
The plan was only to threaten my boss, and tell him we needed N63,000. We had no intention of killing him.
That day, I was hiding in the kitchen when Kelechi put our plan in motion. But something went wrong. He hit my boss in the head with a bottle. When I heard noise, I came out. My boss then said, ‘Precious, you people want to kill me?’ I said no but he came towards me and bit me in the stomach. He was dragging me and would not let go.
Kelechi was dragging him so that he could free me but when he did not, Kelechi took a knife and stabbed him twice in the stomach.
“In my confusion, I called Ahmed to drive my boss’s car out of the compound. I joined him and left my boss in the room. We drove to a hotel to plan what we would do next. Unfortunately, Ahmed. I regret my action because the plan was never to kill my boss,” Kelechi told Vanguard.
Ahmed gave a rather different explanation concerning his role in the plan.
“I got to their bar on Friday, March 3. I was drinking when he came to me to ask if I could drive. I said yes, he gave me the car key and I put it in the ignition. It did not start. He had told me earlier in the day that he was planning to do something and asked if I was interested, I said yes even though I did not know what it was,” Ahmed said.
Ahmed said after realizing what Victor and Kelechi had done, he came back to return the car, adding that that was when he was arrested as an accomplice.
Kelechi is on the run, and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspects said the Command has launched a manhunt for the fleeing suspect and they will all be prosecuted once investigation is complete.