One of the men arrested for the murder of Professor Pual Osatowie, Department of Electrical and Electronics, University of Benin in Edo State, yesterday, confessed to being the driver to former Special Adviser to Adams Oshiomhole.
The suspect, Osaze Oghogho 27, was arrested along with his partners in crime, Best Okhumode 23 and Okoro Happy, 23. Oghogho further said: “I’m a driver to former Special Adviser to former Governor Oshiomhole; I have participated in four robbery operations.
We don’t sell the snatched vehicles; we use them to carry out robbery operations, and once we are through, we park them wherever we stopped operation. We never planned to kill the Professor.
We just wanted to snatch and use his car for robbery operation. We didn’t know him before then. I joined robbery due to friends’ influence.” Osatowie was shot dead in his residence at Ekenwan road. Police said that the gang specialised in snatching vehicles from unsuspecting victims at different parts of Benin.
The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo said: “The initial plan of the gang was to snatch cars from their victims along Ekenwan road and other parts of the capital town. But when late Professor Osatowie emerged, and was about to enter his house, the gang swooped on him.
The victim was shot in the process.” Oghogho, who confessed to have pulled the trigger that killed Osatowie, said he had met the deceased and ordered him to release his vehicle at gun point. Rather than hand over his car and its key, Osatowie resisted, thus he had to shoot, killing the prof.
His words: “I asked the Prof Osatowie and demanded for his car key. I shot into the air, and I quickly reloaded because I had a single barrel pistol. But as I reloaded the gun, the man embraced me and the gun exploded. I was a photographer before now at Ebvotubu.
This is the second time I had participated in robbery.” According to Happy, he met Oghogho, a revenue collector at Ekenwan route, at a birthday party in Warri. It was at that party that they exchanged phone numbers.
Okhumode, who said he is from Auchi, further explained: “On the fateful day that we went out to rob, we reached a particular area, and saw the Prof reversing car, in order to drive out of his gate.
My friend, OZ, who was with a locally made pistol, was also with us. As OZ reached the man, he asked the man for the key of the vehicle. The prof resisted. OZ shot into the air and reloaded his gun. The Prof thought that the first shot was the last.
As the Prof made to grab OZ, the gun exploded into the man’s stomach. He died. We left with his vehicle.” Kokumo paraded104 suspects arrested for various crimes. The suspects include 29 suspected armed robbers, 20 kidnappers, 55 cultists, car snatchers, crude oil theft and others.