Two suspects have so far been arrested for allegedly drugging their coworkers in order to rob and kill their 56-year-old boss, Mrs. Olusola Olusoga, the owner of Etashol Hotels and Suites, situated in Ojodu, Lagos and the hotel manager, Tunji Omikunle, 39, On January 25, 2019.
The two suspects are Ehizojie Vincent Jeffery and Okechi Light Ezi. Other suspects at large are Henry Lolo and two contract staff identified as Dubai and Dangote.
The state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said: “The principal suspect, Jeffery, was arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. All the conspirators agreed that they had no future in the company because they believed the deceased was stingy.”
The commissioner said the suspects agreed that the hotelier must be robbed of her local and foreign currency, especially since she had just returned from London.
He added: “In order to have a hitch-free operation, they agreed that Henry must prepare noodles, lace it with a sleep-inducing stimulant called SK (weed) and serve the hotel workers, who were not part of the conspiracy.”
The plan would have worked out perfectly, except for Omikunle, who didn’t eat the noodles. While others fell into a drug-induced sleep, the suspects tried to steal the keys to Olusoga’s bedroom from Omikunle.
“Their attempt to steal the keys to the CEO’s bedroom from the manager’s pocket proved abortive as he suddenly woke up in the process. He began to struggle with them at the reception area and was strangled,” Edgal said.
After strangling Omikunle, the suspects searched his pockets, but couldn’t find the keys. They went upstairs to the late CEO’s room and forced the door open. He added: “The suspects bound her hands and legs with rope.
By the time the suspects were through with searching the room for money and other valuables, the woman had died. The gang stole Olusoga’s N50,000, jewellery and other personal effects.
They, however, couldn’t take the items out, for fear of being challenged by a police team stationed close to the hotel.” All the event was captured by CCTV.