How A 53-Year-Old London Returnee Was Killed And Dumped Inside Septic Tank In Lagos

How A 53-Year-Old London Returnee Was Killed And Dumped Inside Septic Tank In Lagos

Vanguard studies that it has been six years up to now because the Animashaun household in Surulere Lagos have been thrown into mourning over the loss of life of their breadwinner, Kolawole Animashaun who had simply relocated from London to Nigeria.

After residing in London for probably the most a part of his life and elevating a household, the late 53-year-old Kolawole determined it was time to return dwelling. Not positive what to anticipate, he returned with solely one among his daughters, leaving his spouse and different youngsters again in London.

For some time, issues gave the impression to be occurring nicely for Kolawole as he steadily gained floor in a enterprise enterprise. Within two years of his return, he was additionally capable of purchase property in Surulere. With every little thing going nicely, Kolawole was considering bringing again his complete household from London when the surprising occurred.

Daughter recounts ordeal

Kolawole’s daughter, Lola Animashaun who was with him till he was kidnapped, advised Encounter that on Sunday, July 30, 2016, her father left their Ikorodu dwelling for Surulere with one among his uncles who was sick. By the night of that day, Lola mentioned his father known as to say that he was not returning dwelling. Lola famous that she heard a wierd voice within the background throughout their dialog however didn’t learn a lot which means to it.

“During the call, I heard a strange laugh at the background. It was a strange and wicked kind of laughter. Immediately, I heard my father say, ‘what do you people mean,’ then he said to me, ‘I will call you back,’ and ended the call,” she narrated.

Lola mentioned she acquired nervous when her father didn’t {call} again as he promised. “When he didn’t call back, I called him but his phone was switched off. At night, I tried his number but it wasn’t going. I called my uncle whom he had gone to drop and he said that my father had left his house.”

Chat with kidnappers

Unknown to Lola that her father had been kidnapped and his cellphone seized, she started to talk with the abductors believing that she was chatting her father.

“I started chatting with my father’s kidnappers in the middle of the night thinking I was chatting with my father. They replied my chat and told me that he was fine that he went to Aguda to see a friend. On the second day, I called his line but he wasn’t responding. I told him to pick his call that he should no longer chat with me and that I was becoming scared. He replied and said he can’t call and that he was very busy.”

Strange requests

Lola mentioned she acquired suspicious of the chat along with her father when he began asking for his personal private info.

“The person on the other end started asking for vital information of my dad like his account number and I was like ‘of course you know you had locked your door and the key to your room is with you, so how do you expect me to open the door?’ At that point, I told him to pick his call but he still refused. It finally dawned on me then that my father had been kidnapped and that I was chatting with his kidnappers.”

Emotional torment

Continuing her narrative, Lola mentioned she reported that matter to the Police who suggested her to proceed speaking with the abductors whereas they proceed with their investigation.

“After we reported the matter to the Police, the abductors have been at all times sending me scary photos. Though I used to be scared for my life however the Police suggested that I ought to proceed speaking with them.

“One of them at all times advised me that he was going to pluck out my father’s eyes and provides it to the vultures. He additionally threatened that he was going to butcher my father and that after he was carried out with him, he’ll come after me.

“He tormented me emotionally. He at all times mentioned that I’m a depraved and heartless little one that I don’t need to promote my father’s property and ship him the cash.

“I advised him that the cash isn’t the issue however that he ought to simply let me hear my father’s voice to know that he’s advantageous. But on and on he was simply taking part in with our intelligence.

N5m ransom

“At first, they demanded N5 million ransom however later lowered it to N2 million. When we couldn’t increase the cash, they mentioned we must always ship N100,000 for my father’s medication which we did. I additionally despatched them one other N100, 000 for recharge card. After that, they advised me to promote all my father’s property and ship them the cash.

“I advised them that I wasn’t going to promote something as a result of it seems that my father has been killed. He advised me he was coming after me to indicate me my father’s corpse and I advised him to come back as a result of I used to be already misplaced and drained. I deleted my whatsapp as a result of it was our technique of communication, I advised police I may not proceed with the chat.

“I was always living in fear, going from church to mosque. I also spent money consulting native doctors all to no avail.”

He advised me to get my dad’s drug else he was going to let him die. We despatched N10,000 for his drug. After then, we despatched him one other N100,000 to let him know that we’ll give him cash if he permits us to only hear from my father.

One of the abductors stored calling completely different contacts on my father’s cellphone, telling them completely different tales. Although I made a fee to my father’s account quantity, however sadly for him, he forwarded his personal account quantity to one among my dad’s buddies.

When we seen that the Police investigation was not yielding any constructive response after we spent some huge cash, one among my aunts requested me to jot down a petition to DSS workplace situated at Magodo, Lagos.

I wrote the petition, gave all of them the required info, and so they promised to {call} me again, I used to be at all times checking up on them and so they promised that they have been virtually carried out with their investigation. I grew to become scared alongside the road as a result of the kidnapper was at all times telling me that he was coming after me and that he was going to pluck my eyes and my father’s eyes and provides to vultures to eat. He mentioned he was going to kill him as a result of I used to be not able to drop cash. “

DSS intervenes

After months of frustration and empty guarantees by the Police, Lola mentioned she took the matter to the Department of State Services, DSS, Shangisha Lagos which took over the investigation and inside one month, arrested the abductors.

“Around November 24, 2016, I acquired a {call} from DSS workplace and so they advised me to come back to their workplace and I went with one among my dad’s buddies. It was then they advised us that, that they had clue on what occurred, confirmed us his telephones, ATM playing cards image of his automobile and an image on how they exhumed his corpse from a soak-away pit the place he was buried after he was killed.

“His body had completely decomposed. We then went to the morgue the next day to identify his corpse properly. The only thing left was his golden tooth that was yet to decay.”

Masterminds arrested, arraigned

In 2017, the 2 masterminds behind Kolawole’s kidnap, Bode Fabiyi and Afeez Ahmed, have been arraigned earlier than the Lagos High Court, sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, Lagos.

The Lagos State prosecution led by Mrs. Adeshina Adekunle-Bello and Mrs Titilayo Olanrewaju-Daud, advised the court docket that the defendants conspired amongst themselves to kill the sufferer, Kolawole Animashaun.

She mentioned that the duo, after kidnapping Animashaun, blindfolded him, tied him up and gagged his mouth earlier than strangling him to loss of life. The prosecution additionally advised the court docket that they broke the top of the deceased with an enormous sledge hammer earlier than strangling him to loss of life and dumped his corpse in a soakaway pit.

Olanrewaju-Daud additional advised the court docket that Bode Fabiyi and Afeez Ahmed, additionally offered the deceased’s automobile and nonetheless demanded for ransom from his household.

Death sentence

After 5 years of trial, Justice Modupe Nico-Clay sentenced the defendants to loss of life by hanging for kidnapping and killing Kolawole.

The decide additionally sentenced them to 77 years imprisonment after discovering them responsible of the offence of conspiracy to homicide, kidnapping, homicide, gathering of ransom and dumping of corpse in a soakaway pit.

She additional sentenced them to 14 years imprisonment for the primary rely and sentenced them to loss of life on the second rely cost and 21 years every for counts 3, 4 and 5 respectively.

Justice Nico-Clay acknowledged that the prosecution has been capable of show its case past cheap doubt that the convicts dedicated the offence.

The decide held that the offence of conspiracy to commit homicide and kidnapping has been established. “That the deceased died, that it was the defendant that caused the death of the deceased.”


Speaking with Encounter instantly after the judgment, Lola mentioned: ‘The judgment is honest sufficient however it’s not going to convey my father again neither is it going to take off this scary second from my ideas. But a minimum of, we had justice for his pretty soul.

Source: Vanguard

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