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Credit Switch CEO’s Murder: Togolese Cook Indicates Interest In Plea Bargain With Government

By Francis Iwuchukwu, Lagos 

A Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere, Nigeria, presided over by Justice Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile, was on Tuesday (today) informed by a Togolese cook, Sunday Anani, who was charged with the murder of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Credit Switch Ltd, Chief Opeyemi Bademosi, that he was interested in a plea bargain agreement with the Lagos State government.

It would be recalled that the 23-year-old Anani is answering questions to a two-count charge that has to do with the murder and armed robbery preferred against him by the Lagos State government.

Anani was alleged to have on October 31, 2018, at Parkview Estate, Ikoyi Lagos, stabbed Bademosi, 67, to death with a knife and stole his valuables.

The Togolese was consequently arraigned on April 10, 2019 but pleaded “Not guilty”, prompting the judge to adjourn till today for trial.

At Tuesday's sitting on the murder case, Anani's lawyer, Aderenra Adeyemi, informed the court of the defendant’s intention to change his plea.

The lawyer intimated the court that Anani would be opting for a plea bargain deal and that the defence had approached the prosecutor, Titilayo Shitta-Bay, to that effect.

Justice Okikiolu-Ighile then directed Adeyemi to file an application to that effect and ordered that trial should continue.

As a result of the court's order, Shitta-Bey then called Mrs. Ebunoluwa Bademosi, wife of the deceased, as the prosecution’s first witness.

Narrating to the judge how she had returned from the bank to find her husband in a pool of blood on the floor, Mrs. Bademosi explained that, “I went through the kitchen door to gain access to the building. 

“The kitchen door was locked. 

“I knocked several times, calling on the defendant (Anani), but he didn’t come to open the door.

“My husband’s bedroom and the kitchen door was a distance, so I felt he (Anani) must be doing something for him, so I waited by the kitchen door, for a while.

“While i was waiting, I got a call from my sister, at Ibadan and we spoke for about 5-6 minutes.

‘’At some point, I brought out my phone from my bag and called my husband, I realised that the phone was being picked but he was not responding.

‘’I called him twice and it was the same thing. It was showing minutes counting but nobody was talking.

‘’I went downstairs and decided to pass through the front door, thinking if I got there, there would be somebody at the door. 

“By the time i got to the front door, I realised that the door was left ajar.

“That was when I knew that something had gone wrong.

“I entered the apartment. 

“By the time I got in, I looked up and saw blood flowing out of my husband’s bedroom.

‘’I couldn’t enter my husband’s bedroom because the door was only partially open but I could see his body lying on the floor.

‘’I wasn’t sure of what could be happening inside the bedroom, so, I ran out of the building and started screaming, calling neighbours to help.

‘’A couple of people came. I told them to go up and check that something was happening, that I didn’t know what exactly it was.”

The witness further informed the court that she ran to the gate and asked the security man, “Where is that guy that oga brought into the house? What is happening? Who is inside the house?”

The guard said the defendant informed him the deceased sent him on an errand.

“People started coming, my next door neighbours and her driver were going upstairs and I followed them but i stood at a distance.

‘’They came out and said he was gone (sobbing), my husband was gone, and the defendant was not inside the house, then i passed out.

“When I woke up, I saw a crowd around me, inside the house, my husband’s corpse was lying down there.

‘’They took me downstairs because they didn’t want me to see the corpse.

“The police later came and took his corpse in an ambulance, he was buried on November 21, 2018,″ she added.

While being cross examined Adeyemi, the prosecution witness confirmed that she had no problems with the deceased.

According to Mrs. Bademosi,“I had a very cordial relationship with my husband. 

“I cooked for my husband.

“I did not have a strained relationship with my husband.”

The matter has been adjourned till June 11, 2019 for continuation of trial.

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