KWAKYE Kwaku Richard, a 71 year old Ghanaian, served as the driver of a 92 year old industrialist, High Chief Ojomo Akintan in Akure, Ondo State for 40 years.
The deceased was said to have been seconded to drive the industrialist’s wife who resides in Idanre area of the state.
Sources said he planned to return to Ghana after the wife of the industrialist died but was prevailed upon by High Chief Akintan, the Ojomo of Idanre. In a bid to compensate him, one of the flats in the Estate in Akure was given to him as a gift for his stewardship and forthrightness.
Richard and his family moved into the flat and for the safety of the estate, he decided to engage the service of another guard to make two. One of the security guards, 20 year old Idris Ayuba, according to findings, had worked in the estate for over three years and was asked by the deceased to help employ a trusted friend to beef up security in the estate.
He reportedly brought Abubakar Taisu, aged 23. Two months after engaging the services of an additional guard, he and his 27 year old graduate daughter, Cynthia Tope, were gruesomely murdered in the same flat given to them as a gift.
Their decomposing bodies were later discovered 16 days after. This was made possible after the killers were arrested in their hide out. Reliable sources said the suspects would have not been arrested but for an envelope discovered in the flat with the phone number of the second guard in the handwriting of the deceased.
The phone was tracked and many suspects were questioned until the two prime suspects were eventually nabbed by detectives. Police source said Ayuba was apprehended in Kano State while Taisu was picked up in Sokoto State by police detectives, who have been on their trail.
It was gathered that the murdered daughter came around to perfect plans for her service year with her father when her life was cut short by the guards. Sadly enough, their corpses were thrown under the stair case in the flat by the killer security guards.
After the heinous crime, the suspects ransacked the house and fled the town with the belongings of the family. A family source said that Tope, a graduate, was due for her National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in July 2019 before her life was cut short. It was gathered that neighbor to the deceased, Ojo Adegbusuyi, who noticed his absence and that of the daughter in the house for weeks reported their absence at the police station.
A case of missing father, daughter and their two security guards at Ojomo Akintan Estate, Olu FOAM Ilesha/Owo expressway Akure, Ondo State were lodged at the police station. Adegbusuyi reportedly told police detectives that all efforts to trace their whereabouts had proved abortive for weeks. On receipt of the report, police detectives from the Ondo State Command swung into action and “one Ayuba Idris Aged 20 years that happened to be one of their security guards was arrested in Kano State on 16th May, 2019.”
Police sources further disclosed that the handset of the missing person and his suits were recovered from him, and upon interrogation, he confessed that he and the second security guard named Taisu Abubakar knew where the two missing persons could be located. “They, thereafter, led detectives to a building at Ojomo Akintan Estate, Olu foam, Ilesha/Owo expressway Akure, Ondo State where the decomposed bodies of Kwakye Kwaku Richard and his daughter, Kwakye Tope earlier declared missing were found.