BY EVELYN USMAN
LAGOS — Operatives of the Special Anti‑Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja, have foiled an attempt by some hired assassins to snuff life out of a Lagos-based businessman, one Ade Adelakun, popularly known as Ade Lexus, arresting three suspected members of the syndicate.
Recovered from the suspects were two guns and a picture of their intended victim.
However, in their confessional statement, the suspects alleged that they were hired by a hotelier in Ibadan whose identity they gave simply as Orekoya and were paid N140,000 to carry out the dastardly act. They stated that their sponsor alleged that their target snatched his wife.
The suspects, numbering four, reportedly arrived Lagos last Saturday and waited at a night club on Allen Avenue, awaiting the right moment to strike..
But luck ran against them, as a man later discovered to be an undercover policeman at SARS reportedly overheard their discussion and alerted the commander, Abba Kyari, who subsequently drafted a team to the club.
The operatives were said to have arrived the night club at about 1 a.m and arrested the trio of Ibrahim Lawal, 27; Yomi Olanrewaju, 25; and Emmanuel Adewale, 25.
The command in its bulletin made available to Vanguard said: “Around 1 a.m. on May 10, 2014, information was received that four assassins were sent from Ibadan by one Adebayo Orekoya, a.k.a. Bobby Ibadan who lives in Ibadan GRA.
“The instruction given to the assassins was to kill one Ade Victor Adelakun of Ogudu GRA. Consequently, two SARS teams proceeded to Pekas Night Club, where the suspects were planning their attack. Three men were arrested while their driver, identified only as Samuel, escaped in a Sienna Spacebus
“On interrogation, the suspects confessed that Bobby Ibadan sent them to kill Ade Lexus, his former business partner. N100,000 of the N140,000 given to the suspects as mobilisation fee has been recovered as well as a picture of the victim.”
Pretending to be one of the suspects, an operative was said to have contacted the alleged sponsor of the botched assassination attempt on phone where he was quoted to have said: “I want that job done today by all means. Go to the night club where Ade Lexus hangs out and kill him there. If you don’t see him at the night club, go to his house and get the job done.”
But when they stormed his Ibadan abode, the alleged sponsor was said to have fled.
Adelakun dismisses wife snatching allegation
Expressing his gratitude to God and operatives of SARS for botching the assassination attempt, Adelakun told reporters at his showroom on Lateef Jakande Street, Ikeja, yesterday, that he was shocked when he received a call from SARS informing him that he was the target of an assassination attempt.
He stated: “Bobby is not my business associate, neither is he my friend. A friend of mine in the United Kingdom introduced us and I have only met Bobby on a few occasions.
“If he had succeeded with the assassination, no one would have suspected him because he does not stay in Lagos neither do we chat often.
“He told me to lend him some money and I refused. I guess he was angry because I turned him down. The suspects said Bobby told them I snatched his wife. That is not true because I am a happily married man with beautiful children.”