By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA-THE Police have arrested a former Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW in Lagos State, Mr Rafiu Olorunwa Akanni aka Olorunwa over assassination of some members of the union in the state.
The police also nabbed the most notorious assassination kingpin in the South West, Adeola Williams aka Ade Lawyer who the union leader had engaged for the assassinations.
The police personnel of the Intelligence Response Team, who were directed by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to track down the suspects following reports of their link with assassinations in the state, also recovered an AK47 rifle used for the murders.
The professional assassin, who has being on the most wanted list of the Nigerian police for over 5 years following previous assassinations involving him, was arrested in his newly rented house in Akure, in Ondo State by IRT operatives last Wednesday.
The suspects according to police sources, were responsible for the assassination of one Ganiyu Ayinla, Personal Assistant to one Azeez Adekunle Lawal in Lagos Island on January 23,2018.
Mr Rafiu Olorunwa Akanni said to be 51 years old who was reportedly indicted by the assassin, Ade Lawyer, according to police source, was arrested around 3pm on Wednesday in Ebute Meta area of Lagos by the IRT operatives.
Similarly, Adeola Williams, a 39 years native of Isasi Village in Ijebu Ode Local Government Area of Ogun State, upon his arrest by the IGP team, immediately confessed his role in the assassination of Ganiyu Ayinla in Lagos State and numerous assassinations in the South West.
“He further confessed that one Rafiu Olorunwa Akanni, former Chaiman Of NURTW in Lagos State hired him to assassinate one Azeez Adekunle Lawal for N1.5 million and was given N500,000.00 advance payment and N1 million to be paid after the assassination but he said they mistakenly assassinated the Personal Assistant, PA to their target, Mr Ganiyu Ayinla while their actual target Azeez Adekunle Lawal, who was in the same car with the late Ganiyu miraculously escaped with bullet wounds, “a Force Headquarters statement obtained by Vanguard said.
The statement further read thus:” He stated further that one Rafiu Olorunwa Akanni who hired them for the job refused to give them the balance of their N1 million because they have killed the PA of the main person he sent them for, hence Adeola Williams aka Ade Lawyer traced the driver of Mr Olorunwa and confiscated his black Hyundai jeep from the driver and called Mr Olonwa that, they will release his Jeep after he pays them their N1 million balance as they need to run and hide until the heat comes down as two of his boys were arrested by the police.
“He further confessed that Mr Olurunwa has being calling him to be very careful and hide very well as his members has been arrested.
“He also mentioned many other victims he assassinated in the past which includes one Hamburger, a union chairman in Oshodi Lagos, One Baba Jide Dosumu Aka Mados in Ebute Meta Lagos, one Salawe in Ajah Lagos, Ganiyu Asaro and 4 others in Badore area of Lagos where he said he spread bullets in their car and killed the five occupants etc.
“Assassin’s gang leader, Ade Lawyer led IRT operatives to a House in Ehin Grammar School area in Ibadan where the AK47 Rifle with S/no 3501357 and two magazines he used for all his assassinations were recovered. Serious efforts to arrest remaining gang members at large are in progress, “the statement further read.