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Crime: How N500,000 was used to lure deportee who killed dad

 How N500,000 was used to lure deportee who killed dad

Bakare Babalola Rotimi jnr

Fresh facts have emerged on how 24-year-old deportee from Ireland, Bakare Babalola Rotimi jnr., was arrested after he killed his father, Mr. Bakare Babalola Rotimi, 59, at their Magodo residence, Lagos, on December 4.

Contrary to earlier media report that he was arrested by some neighbours,a source told Saturday Telegraph that he was lured to collect a supposed ransom meant to free him from “kidnappers’ den.”

The source said: “After he killed his father and stabbed his mother and left her to be dead, he went to his father’s filling station, BBR at Palm Avenue, Mushin, Lagos and threatened the manager to give him some money.

When he left the filling station, he called one of his relatives, a woman who lives in Ireland and lied to her that some hoodlums stormed their residence and killed his parents.

“He said the killers also abducted him and gave him the opportunity to call any of his relatives so that she could pay N500, 000 ransom before he is released.

The accused pleaded with the Ireland-based relative to quickly send the money so he could be freed by the supposed kidnappers. “The woman now sent the number Jnr. used to call to people in Nigeria; when the number was called, he picked it and agreement was reached on where and when to pick the ransom.

Not knowing that policemen were within the vicinity, he appeared to pick the ransom and he was arrested. Jnr., who has lived in Ireland since he was 7, was brought back to Nigeria after he refused to go to school and had delved into a life of drugs.

On December 4, Jnr., who has been having running battle with his parents for his refusal to go to school, accosted his father who had gone to urinate early in the morning, commanded him to lie on his chest and stabbed him with a knife in the neck.

His mother, who heard the noise quickly rushed to the scene to find out what was happening, was also stabbed. Thinking both parents were dead, he proceeded to cover them with a piece of cloth, took his bath and took his father’s phones and ATMs.

He then proceeded to his father’s filling stations and harassed the manager for money. While the father died on the spot, his mother is still recuperating at a general hospital in Lagos.

His father has been buried in his hometown, Ila-Orangun, Osun State. Jnr. has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, for further interrogation and will soon be charged to court.

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