Missing Police Found Buried in Shallow Grave in Lagos


By Dipo Olowookere

The remains of a detective attached to the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos State Police Command, have been found in a shallow grave at the Ibeju Lekki area of the metropolis.

The cop, identified as Inspector Musa Sunday, was abducted about six months bu=y some thugs, who tortured him and later buried alive while on illegal duty at Ibeju Lekki.

Sunday and four of his men were alleged to have been drafted to guard a land, which was under dispute by their Admin Officer (AO), at Ibeju Lekki.

The policemen were drafted to the disputed land without the knowledge of the Officer in Charge of SARS (OC) and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni. The skeleton of the inspector, 45, a father of four children, with their ages ranging from four, six, eight and 12, was exhumed from a shallow grave after six months search.

At least five persons, including a traditional ruler, otherwise known as Baale have been arrested in connection with the murder of the inspector. A police source said: “The police are hunting for one Mr Balogun, who led the hoodlums that attacked, abducted and buried Sunday alive.

In fact, information at police disposal says that it was the fleeing Balogun that tied his hands before burying him. Balogun’s second in command, Arokin is in police custody. He’s helping police with investigation.”

The suspects confessed to have buried him alive after starving him for more than five days. They also admitted to have buried him alive on the orders of a traditional ruler, who has interest in the land under dispute.

Sunday was abducted sometimes in November, while guarding the disputed land. The abductors made away with his rifle. The inspector, who was the leader of the team, was on duty with four other policemen.

The abductors, alleged to be armed to the teeth, stormed the land on that fateful day in November and over powered Sunday, his policemen and civilian guards, patrolling. The civilian guards were there on the instruction of one of the men struggling for possession of the land, identified simply as Prince, living in Ikeja.

The Prince and his opponent had allegedly been fighting over possession of the land for months. This has led to several people, from both factions, being killed and maimed. A police source said that both men had been warring, using paid thugs, until Prince decided to take SARS men.

But rather than go through the proper channel, which was to contact Owoseni or OC SARS, Prince went to his friend, the AO. When the AO ordered Sunday with some policemen to the land, the Inspector couldn’t argue with his superior.

Sunday was kidnapped when he confronted a large number of thugs from the other faction. The thugs attacked, injured and attempted to carry away some of Prince’s thugs. An inside source said: “Sunday’s men abandoned him and ran away because the thugs from the other faction large expanse of land.

The Prince came to SARS to get policemen to keep his opponent from encroaching on the land.” After his abduction, his phone stopped going through. His colleagues became frantic. Sunday’s wife and family members besieged the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, demanding to know what had become of him. Speaking with a journalist a few months after the abduction of Sunday, his wife, Halimat, 27, said:

“They were deployed there to maintain peace. We learnt that hoodlums were attacking a man, so my husband and his men moved to rescue the man. He told the other two policemen to go and put the man in the car so he could be safe.

The hoodlums pounced on my husband and took him away. Sensing danger as the hoodlums kept increasing in number, his men ran away. Since then, we have not heard from him.” On the fateful day of the incident, Halimat said that she spoke with Sunday around 4pm; he promised to come home the following day.

In the evening, his kids demanded to speak with him, so Halimat called his line repeatedly, but it didn’t go through. In the morning, some of his colleagues called Halimat and told her what happened. Since then, Halimat and Sunday’s family members had been visiting the police headquarters in Lagos, praying and hoping.

She added, “Three months after, police kept telling us that they were on the matter. We learnt they have arrested the Prince that hired the hoodlums, but nothing has happened since then. His children keep asking after him. His aged mother, who has high blood pressure, has not stopped asking for his whereabouts. We don’t know what else to tell her.”

Halimat, a housewife, noted that since Sunday’s disappearance, she and her kids have been struggling to survive. She’s no longer able to pay the kids’ school fees. She said: “Nobody from the police cared to check on us, and now we don’t have money because we don’t have access to his ATM pin.

“I want my husband to come back. The children are suffering, and I can’t carry the load alone.”

A police source said: “Sunday was posted there with his team; they were five in number. Two of the policemen later left, saying they were tired of the constant threat.

Even soldiers that were supposed to guard the land with them left, complaining that Prince had never bothered to ask about their welfare. “Sunday has been on that land for almost three weeks when bulldozer entered the land.

Prince’s faction was overpowered. Everyone scampered for safety, but one of Prince’s thugs were held. Sunday ran back to save him. It was in that split second that his policemen and the man he saved drove off in a vehicle, leaving him.

Sunday was grabbed by the hoodlums, beaten and injured.” It was gathered that the fleeing policemen ran to Mobile Police Force (Mopol) 49, Epe. They explained that an inspector had been abducted, that they needed help to rescue him, but the commander allegedly didn’t respond to their pleas.

The policemen moved to Akodo Police Station, where a woman happened to be the Divisional Police Officer (DPO). The DPO said she couldn’t send anyone to the area because it was a volatile axis.

They went to SARS, Ikeja to report and for five days, no action was taken to rescue Sunday. Later, policemen started looking for Sunday, to the extent of going to Bonny Camp, Victoria Island. The soldiers said Sunday wasn’t with them. When the OC SARS went to meet Owoseni, to intimate him of the missing inspector, Owoseni demanded to know the person that deployed Sunday and his men on the illegal duty.

Determined to find Sunday, sources said that the OC SARS approached the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Abba Kyari. It was alleged that through the efforts of the IRT operatives, Sunday’s phone was tracked and some of his alleged killers arrested.

The suspects took police to where Sunday’s rifle was buried. A police source said: “Police investigation also led to the arrest of the traditional ruler. The traditional ruler denied knowing anything about the disappearance of Sunday.

He was invited to the police command; but rather than honour police invitation, he ran to Police Force Headquarters, Abuja. He was told at Abuja to go back to Lagos and respondfirst to police invitation.”

The source continued: “Balogun, who led the operation in which Sunday was kidnapped is on the run. But his second in command, Arokin, has been arrested. Arokin confessed that Sunday was buried alive.

He took police to the shallow grave at Ibeju Lekki. Police brought pathologists from Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), to exhume Sunday’s corpse. “One of the pathologists, when he saw Sunday’s skeleton, said that it looked as if he was buried with his hands tied behind.

It was at that point that Arokin confessed that Sunday was buried alive. He disclosed that after beating and disarming Sunday, he and his colleagues waited for five days for policemen to come for him, but nobody did.

In those five days, they didn’t give him food. He said that when police didn’t come searching for Sunday; the traditional ruler instructed them to go and bury the inspector alive. The traditional ruler said that nothing would happen. Sunday was buried alive.”

Source: New Telegraph

Related Stories

Fils Launches Payment Platform to Transform ESG, Sustainability

By Adedapo Adesanya Fils has launched a platform to help global businesses turn intent into action when integrating sustainable values into the core of digital payments. The new innovation paves the way for trust and safety in carbon markets, bringing together buyers with capital, and suppliers with high-integrity carbon credits, at the rate and scale required to rebalance the planet.  Designed as a holistic, enterprise-grade B2B2C product offering, Fils leverages the power of leading technologies for its end-to-end infrastructure to transform various industries, including financial services, hospitality, and e-commerce. This makes it easier for businesses to act on the core


IFC, ACP to Scale Emerging Market Climate Investments

By Adedapo Adesanya  The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has announced a collaboration with Allied Climate Partners (ACP) that will help create a pipeline of viable climate investments in emerging markets including Southeast Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Central America, and India. ACP’s new platform is backed by philanthropic capital and designed to mobilize investment in climate-related projects in emerging economies to create significant environmental, economic, and social impact. In a statement seen by Business Post, the parties said the collaboration with IFC will provide advisory and structuring support, technical assistance, and sustainability and impact-management support as needed to help bring


Court Adjourns Emefiele N1.6bn Fraud Case To January 2024

By Adedapo Adesanya A Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, has adjourned an alleged procurement fraud case involving ex-Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, to January 18 and 19, 2024, for continuation of trial. Mr Emefiele is standing trial on a six-count amended charge on alleged procurement of vehicles to the tune of N1.6 billion. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was granted bail on November 17, 2023, to the tune of N300 million, and two sureties and remanded at the Kuje Correctional Centre, pending when he meets his bail conditions. However,


Registration of Commercial Motorcycle, Tricycle Riders for Public Safety—Oyo

By Aduragbemi Omiyale The Oyo State government has maintained that its decision to register all commercial motorcycle and tricycle riders in the state was to promote public safety and not for any other purpose. The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mr Dotun Oyelade, said this during a one-day sensitisation meeting with Okada and Keke riders in Ibadan. He explained that the meeting became necessary following a recent state security council meeting, noting that the exercise will help in the documentation of riders in the state. The Commissioner called for sustained cooperation between motorcycle and tricycle riders and the state

More Stories

Bloody Salah: Suicide Bombers Kill 16 in Borno

By Dipo Olowookere No fewer than 16 persons were killed when suicide bombers attacked the University of Maiduguri, Borno State between yesterday and today. It was gathered that a male suicide bomber gained entry into the premises of University of Maiduguri and detonated PBIED on his body near the Rapid Response Services Office building. The incident reportedly on Sunday night as Muslims across the country marked the end of a 30-day fasting period called Ramadan. Commissioner of Police in Borno State, Mr Damian Chukwu, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the suicide bomber died while three security personnel


Supreme Court Affirms Ikpeazu as Abia Governor

By Dipo Olowookere The election of Mr Okezie Ikpeazu as Governor of Abia State in the 2015 gubernatorial poll has been upheld by the Supreme Court. Mr Ikpeazu was declared the rightful winner of the exercise by the apex court on Friday in a ruling of a five-member panel of justices led by Mr Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). Justice Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on June 27, 2016, nullified the election of Mr Ikpeazu as Governor on the grounds of tax evasion. He ordered for the immediate inauguration of


Nigerian Stocks Record 0.34% Loss as H1 Earnings Trickle in

By Dipo Olowookere The first trading day of this week finished bearish on Monday despite an impressive half year results churned out by Transcorp Plc. The firm, in its financial statements released to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) today, grew its profit by over 100 percent when compared with the same period of last year. Its revenue appreciated by over 50 percent. But despite this positive news, which the market had been yearning for, the local stock exchange ended 0.34 percent lower, with the Year-to-Date (YtD) returns closing at -2.55 percent. At the close of transactions, the All Share Index


Saudi Arabia, Russia Announce Fresh Oil Production Cuts

By Adedapo Adesanya The oil market opened on Monday with fresh news that top producers, Saudi Arabia and Russia, will extend oil supply cuts as part of efforts to help the market. Saudi Arabia will prolong its singular oil production cut by another month, while its ally in the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+), Russia, also announced fresh curbs on exports. The Saudi output reduction of 1 million barrels a day that started this month, which comes in addition to existing curbs agreed by OPEC+, will continue into August and could be extended further Russia, on its


Prices of Stocks on NASD OTC Market Remain Flat

By Adedapo Adesanya The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange closed Friday’s trading session with no single price gainer or loser and all the 40 stocks on the exchange maintained their previous prices. Also, the unlisted securities market closed flat and as a result, the market capitalisation remained at N508.76 billion, while the NASD Unlisted Security Index (NSI) stayed at 707.65 points. However, the bourse recorded a drop in the numbers of securities traded on Friday as a total of 300,700 units of unlisted securities exchanged hands during the trading day compared with the 1.6 million units traded on Thursday. This


Total Pension Fund Assets Hits N10.5trn—PenCom

By Adedapo Adesanya The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has disclosed that the total pension fund assets in the country stands at N10.5 trillion as at February 2020. PenCom stated this in its monthly report, which detailed the summary of pension fund assets as at February 29, 2020. According to the pension sector regulator, Retirement Saving Account (RSA) retiree fund, which has been reclassified in the multi-fund structure, stood at: Fund I, N24.2 billion; Fund II, N4.6 trillion; Fund III, N2.7 trillion; Fund IV, N829 billion and newly introduced Fund V, N7.8 million. It noted that Closed Pension Fund Administrators Fund


Offshore Investors Make Gradual Return to Nigeria’s Stock Market

By Adedapo Adesanya Some foreign portfolio investors who exited the stock market in Nigeria in February and March 2020 are gradually making a comeback. It was initially feared in the first quarter of the year that the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) will be badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic and this made some investors to sell-off their holdings. Apart from the COVID-19 scare during the period, offshore investors, sensing a liquidity crisis in the foreign exchange market in the country due to a crash in the price of crude oil, which is Nigeria’s main source of income, had to sell


South African Miner African Rainbow Fires KPMG

By Modupe Gbadeyanka It is more trouble for renowned global auditing firm, KPMG, over its involvement in the Gupta mess in South Africa. Since its involvement in the scandal, the company has been under fire with some firms dropping KPMG as their auditors. The latest to have towed this line is South African miner, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), which has fired the auditing firm as its auditor on Monday. ARM is a South African diversified mining and minerals company that mines and beneficiates iron ore, manganese ore, chrome ore, platinum group metals (PGMs), copper, nickel and coal. The firm, owned

Recent Stories

Strong Inflationary Pressures Keep Nigeria’s Private Sector PMI Down

By Modupe Gbadeyanka Strong inflationary pressures in November further negatively impacted companies in Nigeria, with new orders and output both falling as customers were either reluctant or unable to pay higher charges. Purchase prices rose at the fastest pace in almost two years amid exchange rate weakness and higher costs for fuel and materials. According to the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) from Stanbic IBTC, business conditions remained under pressure, scoring 48.0 points last month compared with the 49.1 points it garnered in October 2023. Readings above 50.0 signal an improvement in business conditions, while readings below 50.0 show deterioration.


Coker-Odusote: 100 Days at the Helm of NIMC

By Walter Duru, Ph.D It was Albert Einstein who once said that “setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.” That sentiment expressed by Einstein is the primary essence behind the theory of transformational leadership, which requires passion, charisma, and the ability to motivate others. Transformational leaders are usually very authentic, emotionally intelligent, great listeners, results-focused, visionary, and self-aware. In just 100 days at the helm of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote has ushered in a new era of transformational leadership, leaving an indelible mark on the organization. Her eventual confirmation


Partnerships for Progress: Collaboration Between Banks and Fintechs is the Future of Banking in Africa

By Ike.S Anison Historically, the formal banking sector’s penetration in Africa has been relatively low. And, while there has been significant improvement in this area in recent years, there is still a significant portion of the population on the continent who are unbanked or lack access to financial services. According to the World Bank, approximately 350 million adults in sub-Saharan Africa are still unbanked, accounting for 17% of the 2 billion global unbanked population. This has largely been due to a struggle to tap into the continent’s low-income segment, the widest proportion of the population. Consumers within this market feel


Naira Plunges 11.4% to N927/$1 at Official Market as FX Demand Rises

By Adedapo Adesanya The Naira started the first trading session in the last month of 2023 on a negative note after it depreciated against the Dollar in the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM), which is the official FX window, by 11.4 per cent or N94.87 on Friday, December 1, closing at N927.19/$1, in contrast to Thursday’s exchange rate of N832.32/$1. The December rush for forex contributed to the weakening of the domestic currency in the spot market yesterday, as the supply of foreign currency could not meet what customers needed. Data showed that the value of FX transactions recorded


Newrest, FrieslandCampina, Acorn Drive 0.14% Gain at Unlisted Stock Market

By Adedapo Adesanya The trio of Newrest Asl Plc, FrieslandCampina Wamco Nigeria Plc, and Acorn Petroleum Plc made the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange appreciate by 0.14 per cent on Friday, December 1. The three gainers pressed down the 8 Kobo loss reported by UBN Property Plc, which closed the trading session at N1.52 per unit compared with the preceding day’s value of N1.60 per unit. During the trading day, Newrest Plc gained N1.46 to close at N16.10 per share compared with Thursday’s closing price of N14.64 per share, FrieslandCampina Wamco Plc moved up by 60 Kobo to end the


Oil Falls on Worries About Voluntary Supply Cuts

By Adedapo Adesanya Oil slumped by more than 2 per cent on Friday as traders showed scepticism about the depth of supply cuts by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies (OPEC+) as well as concerns about sluggish global manufacturing activity. Brent crude went down by $1.98 or 2.45 per cent to close at $78.88 a barrel as the US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude dropped $1.89 or 2.49 per cent to sell for $74.07 a barrel. For the week, Brent posted a decline of about 2.1 per cent, while WTI lost more than 1.9 per cent.


Sanwo-Olu Assures Businesses More Incentives, Commissions New Godrej Factory

By Modupe Gbadeyanka Business owners in Lagos have been assured of more incentives by the state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who added that this is part of his administration’s commitment to reforms aimed at improving the ease of doing business and enhancing investment opportunities. Speaking at the commissioning of the newly-built wet hair production factory of Godrej Nigeria Limited, the Governor said his government would continue to pursue actions that would eliminate red tapes and regulatory impediments hindering the growth of businesses in the state, thereby demonstrating his willingness for continued collaboration with the private sector to improve the livelihood


Nigerian Exchange Begins December With 0.08% Growth

By Dipo Olowookere The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited commenced the first trading session in December 2023 on a bullish note, with a marginal growth of 0.08 per cent. Sustained buying pressure kept Nigerian stocks in the positive territory, extending the dominance of the bulls on Customs Street, though the turnover waned. Business Post observed that investors cherry-picked equities in the banking and the energy sectors during the session, leaving them rising by 1.14 per cent and 0.05 per cent, respectively. However, the insurance counter lost 1.10 per cent, the consumer goods index depreciated by 0.08 per cent, and the industrial


CBN Orders Banks to Place PND on Accounts Without BVN, NIN

By Adedapo Adesanya All bank accounts without Bank Verification Number (BVN) and National Identification Number (NIN) will from April 2024 have “Post No Debit (PND)” placed on them. This is the latest directive of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to financial institutions operating in the country. In a circular issued by the apex bank and sent to all deposit money banks (DMBs) on Friday evening, the CBN said all the BVN or NIN attached to and/or associated with AL accounts/wallets must be electronically revalidated by January 31, 2024. In the circular seen by Business Post, the central bank said


LCCI Demands Transparency in CBN Recapitalisation Plan

By Adedapo Adesanya The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to strengthen its banking supervision to prevent some crucial Nigerian banks from failing due to its planned recapitalisation. Last Friday, the Governor of CBN, Mr Olayemi Cardoso, said the CBN would be directing banks to increase their capital base to serve a $1 trillion economy to be achieved by 2030. In a statement signed by Mrs Chinyere Almona, the director general of LCCI, the chamber said, “On recapitalisation of banks, we commend the plan of the apex bank to review the