24-year-old, Tayo Adeyemi, was hired to assassinate a female hotel lodger simply identified as Rosemary, in the Alakija, Satellite Town area of Lagos state but decided against pulling through with his mission after he met and ‘fell in love’ with his target.
The suspect who is currently in the custody of the Lagos State Police Command is a native of Kwara State. Speaking to Punch correspondents, Adeyemi revealed that he was arrested by the police after he stole his way into the hotel, White House, and demanded that his target, Rosemary, had sex with him so he would spare her life.
It was gathered that on Tuesday, 11 October, Tayo Adeyemi, a senior secondary school drop-out, was brought to the hotel by two gang members on a motorcycle to the hotel to kill Rosemary. However, as soon as the suspect set his eyes on his supposed target, he reportedly fell in love with her and eventually attempted to rape her after she rebuffed his pleas to have sex with him.
Sequel to his rape attempt, Rosemary raised alarm, attracting the attention of the hotel management who subsequently called the police leading to the arrest of Adeyemi.
Narrating the incident, Tayo Adeyemi who spoke in pidgin English, said:
“I was working as a casual worker at a bottling company in the Apapa area before I met the gang members in the Ajegunle area. A friend, Wisdom, had invited me to stay in his house.
“His friends, who are Eiye Confraternity members, saw me and said they had a job for me. They said the job was to kill a woman. I said I could not do such a job, but they threatened to kill me and since they had guns, I was afraid.
“Finally, I was left with no option but to do their wish. One of them, Ahmed, gave me the gun and they brought me on a motorcycle to the hotel. But when I got to the hotel room and saw the woman, I fell in love with her and I had mercy on her.
“I told her that I was sent to kill her, but since I loved her, I would just have sex with her. When she declined, I offered her N1,500, and said I would take her necklaces and wristwatch away and lie to my gang members that she had been killed. But she raised the alarm.
“Everyone in the hotel called the police, the Oodua Peoples’ Congress and other vigilance groups. The hotel management called the police at the Satellite Town division.
“When my parents heard about my arrest, they were disappointed. I told them that I was being threatened by the cult members. I did not mean to kill the lady. Otherwise, I would have shot her and run away.”
It was also learnt that one locally-made pistol and a live cartridge were recovered from the suspect and he has been transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja.
The police revealed that Adeyemi is a member of a three-man gang, adding that a manhunt had been launched for the fleeing two gang members.