By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
A 43 year-old man, Adebisi Akinrinmola who killed his rival, Ashimiyu on Tuesday at Ajebo village in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State has said that the devil prompted him to commit the murder.
He spoke when he was paraded before journalists on Friday, alongside 42 other suspects who were arrested for various crimes. They were paraded by the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Illiyasu at the State Police Command’s Headquarters, Eleweran-Abeokuta.
Akinrinmola, a cocoa farmer who hails from Ode-Oka in Ondo State told journalists that the deceased chased him with cutlass and he had to defend himself and this prompted him to shoot the deceased.
His words: “When we were arguing, he squeezed my cloth at the neck but I manage to escape from him he now started chasing me with cutlass so I ran inside my house and took the gun I used to kill and shot him. It is the work of the devil”.
Akinrinmola said he knew the consequences of his crime but pleaded with the government not to kill him, saying “They (government) should not kill me, they should send me to prison”.
Among those paraded was a five-member robbery gang from Chad and Niger Republics who the Commissioner said confessed to have robbed a Chief Magistrate, Mrs Sofowora Oriyomi, in Abeokuta and one Pastor Abatan of the Redeemed Christian Church of God at Idi-Aba area of Abeokuta.
The suspects were Abdullahi Hassan, Memud Aruna, Ismaila Abba, Ahmed Yusuf and Abbas Garba.
The items recovered from them were three pump action guns, five live catridges, one and two jack knives.
Also paraded were armed robbers, kidnappers, cultists and car Snatchers.
A 27- year old man, Emmanuel Azuquo was arrested for impersonating an official of the Economic for Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and Nigeria Brewery Staff to dupe on suspecting victims was one of the suspects paraded.