Friends have allegedly killed a 300-level Engineering Student of Covenant University, Otta in Ogun State, a fortnight ago after they kidnapped him, and demanded for ransom from his parents.
Vanguard reports that John Chinedu Okere,20 (pictured), left home Wednesday morning, August 6, 2014, to a Hospital in Yaba, Lagos for medical reasons and never returned.
He reportedly left home with about N6000 and that was the last time he was seen alive.
His mysterious disappearance caused tension as his parents ran helter-skelter in search of him to no avail.
At about mid-day, the victim’s father,Jude Okere received an SMS notifying him that Chinedu had been kidnapped.
Later, he received a phone call from a hidden number demanding N10 million ransom for the release of his son.
The caller allegedly threatened to kill the victim if the parents refused to comply and the line went dead. Chinedu’s father says “At about mid-day, I received an SMS that John had been kidnapped. Later, I received a phone call from a hidden number. The caller said they had my son, Chinedu and demanded N10 million as ransom threatening to kill him if we refused to comply.
“Immediately, I inquired who the caller was, the line went dead. My wife and I quickly reported the case to the Divisional Police Station at Sabo, Yaba.”
After the case was reported to the Police at Sabo, Yaba, it was later transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja the next day where investigations commenced.
It was learnt that initially when the whole issue started, the family of the victim felt it was a kidnap that would just be resolved but unfortunately, as events continued to unfold, it turned out to be a premeditated murder.
Shockingly, the decomposed corpse of Chinedu was discovered in one of the rooms at ‘DE Homes Hotel’ located in Ejigbo by one of their staff, two days later.
According to reports, the Manager of the hotel went to Ejigbo Divisional Police Station on Friday August 8, 2014, to report the case of murder and investigation began.
A reliable source in the hotel told the paper that early Wednesday morning, the prime suspect, Okorocha Michael along with another young man simply identified as Okey, checked into the hotel with the name Christian.
“He booked the room for three days with the name Christian. He claimed he was a youth corps member who wanted to write exams and would be there from that Wednesday to Friday. He also said he was expecting his Cousin to join him in the hotel.
‘After booking, Michael left his friend Okey in the hotel and returned an hour before the victim, Chinedu arrived the hotel, which was at about 3pm that day. As soon as Chinedu arrived the hotel, Michael took him to the room.
“We don’t know what happened inside the room.”
However, it was later gathered that during their stay in the room, the suspect reportedly confronted the victim on some personal issues. The confrontation eventually led to a heated argument, which later led to the suspect strangulating the victim to death.
On Friday,a hotel staff discovered the lifeless body of the young man and alerted the police.
The 24-year-old suspect, Okorocha Michael, who was arrested on Sunday, in a friend’s house around Ajah area in Lagos, is a graduate of Lagos City Polytechnic, Ikeja and has been unemployed since he completed his youth service in February this year.
The Lagos state Police Command is currently investigating the case.