The Togolese cook Sunday Anani, alleged to have killed the Chairman of the Credit Switch Technology Limited, Chief Ope Bademosi, is not dead, the police has clarified.
News had earlier circulated that Anani was dead in police custody. But the police had clarified that he is alive.
Bademosi was allegedly killed by Anani at his Lagos residence on October 31, 2018. The suspect had since been arrested by the police and is being prosecuted for the murder.
Anani stabbed Bademosi thrice on the chest on October 31 – three days after he was employed.
He was said to have sneaked into the deceased’s room to perpetrate the act moments after the victim’s wife left the house to keep up with an appointment.
The Togolese fled the house with some valuables after committing the crime.
He was later arrested in Ondo on November 2 – two days after killing Bademosi.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, in a statement had said Anani single-handedly stabbed his boss to death with a kitchen knife, while attempting to rob him. Oti stated that the 22-year-old suspect, who took advantage of his boss wife’s absence from home, allegedly broke into Bademosi’s bedroom to perpetrate the crime.
He said, “The journey that eventually ended the life of Opeyemi Bademosi, an Ondo State indigene, began in the deceased’s hometown, Ondo town, on Thursday, October 25, 2018, when one Kofi Friday, 27, returned from Togo to Nigeria and called his compatriots, including the murder suspect, Sunday Anani, 22, to his house at the Yaba area of Ondo town, where he told Anani that he had through the assistance of a friend, Agbeko Ayenahin, helped him secure a job as a cook in a rich man’s house in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.”
Bademosi was buried two weeks ago in Ondo, Ondo State.
The Nation Newspaper reports that at the funeral service held at the Cathedral Church of St. Stephens, Ondo, the Bishop of the Ondo Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Stephen Oni, in his sermon, urged Christians to always do good and walk in the way of God while alive.
He described the deceased as an inspirational leader.
He said, “The value of life is in its application in things we do. Both the rich and the poor will taste death, this world is a passing phase and whenever death strikes, it gives us all the opportunity to evaluate our relationship with God.”
Wife of the deceased, Ebunoluwa, described her late husband as a pillar of support and upholder of values and shared heritage.
In his tribute, the immediate past governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, described the deceased as an eminent and patriotic son of Ondo town.
Mimiko said, “He is a quintessential and patriotic Ondo son. He was loved by everybody. He was everybody’s friend across all age groups and social strata. He was a good man.”