Ondo Police Arrest Masquerader For Stabbing Job Seeker To Death

A masquerader has been reportedly arrested by the Ondo State Police Command over the killing of a job seeker, named Femi Makanjuola, who was stabbed to death in Akure, Ondo state capital.

According to report, the suspects identified as Olu Olowokere and two others at large were alleged to have killed the deceased around Oke Aro area of the state capital while demanding money from him.

It was also gathered that the masqueraders demanded for N50 from the deceased who was in the area to buy raw beans but he refused to give them money, while three of the masquerades pursued him and eventually stabbed him to death.

It was further reported that Makanjuola who was residing with his brother had just secured a job with Dangote Cement Company, in Benin.

"The young man planned to resume work next Monday and he was planning to cook beans on this fateful day when the masqueraders descended on him and stabbed him to death". a source disclosed.

While also speaking during the parade of the suspect, the State Police Public Relations Officer PPRO Femi Joseph, who disclosed that two of the masquerades and their guide, Olowookere, have been arrested by men of the state police command while two others are on the run said the command had begun investigation into the incident.

While further adding that the arrested suspect has been assisting the police with relevant information on how to apprehend the two other suspects, he said;

“All over the world what we know about masquerade dance is to entertain the people. What happened in Akure was to the contrary and absurd.

“Five young boys were on an outing with one of them acting as a masquerader, and they got to where one Femi Makanjuola was. The masqueraders demanded money which the deceased refused to give and this did not go down well with the masqueraders.

“This led to an argument between them and they eventually stabbed the deceased after he had been thoroughly beaten by the masqueraders and his followers. Investigation is ongoing towards apprehending other accomplices involved in the crime". He added.

The suspect, Olowokere who denied his involvement in the killing of Makanjuola but confirmed that he was indeed stabbed by one of his followers said;

“I’m not the one who stabbed the boy, It’s one of the two masquerades that accompanied me that committed the crime.

“They went back to town after the outing which I didn’t authorise them, It is when the police came to my house that I realised what the boys had done. They are currently on the run,” he added.

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