For 47-year-old Kazeem Adebayo, the want for money money trumps his love for his lover, Abosede Adesanya.
He allegedly lured her to his residence in the Ijebu-Igbo area of Ogun State on January 24, with claims that he had got her a land to buy.
Abosede, 30, had bid her mother farewell to visit Adebayo and give him a N530,000 sum for the land. She never returned home.
The deceased’s worried mother promptly reported the case at the Ijebu-Igbo Police Division as she did not return home and calls made to her line didn’t go through.
Adebayo was arrested following investigation. He initially denied having any knowledge of Abosede’s whereabouts, before thorough investigation revealed that he had indeed clubbed her to death and had buried her in a shallow grave in his house.
Police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said on Friday: “The suspect who resides in Ijebu-Igbo was arrested following a complaint by the mother of the deceased, one Amoke Onasanya, who lodged a complaint at the Ijebu-Igbo Divisional Headquarters on January 25 that her daughter received a call from her lover on January 24, 2019. The lover claimed to have got a plot of land for her (Adesanya) to buy for her mother, consequent upon which the deceased left home with the sum of N530,000.
“The mother stated further that hours after her daughter left home, her cell phone was switched off and she had not been reached since then. Adebayo denied knowing the whereabouts of the deceased. This prompted the Commissioner of Police to order the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of SCIID, DCP Wale Abbas, to take over the investigation with a view to uncovering the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the victim who was a mother of five.”
Oyeyemi said Abosede’s decomposing body was dug out from the grave at Adebayo’s house.
“He (Adebayo) confessed further that he used a club to hit her on the head, which led to the woman’s death and subsequently buried her in his house, in order to cover any trace of the woman’s death to him. He also confessed that he used N30,000 out of the money he took from the deceased to settle an outstanding debt while the remaining N500,000 was being kept with one of his friends,” he added.