I’ve received death threats to drop my daughter killers’ case– Father of LASU undergraduate murdered in Osun

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Pastor David Daley-Oladele, 55, is the father of Favour, a 400-level student of Theatre Arts at the Lagos State University, who was allegedly killed for ritual purposes in Ikoyi-Ile, Osun State, by her male friend about seven months ago. He shares the family’s agony with DEJI LAMBO

How were those who murdered your daughter arrested?

After Favour’s phone was tracked to Ikoyi-Ile in Osun State, we got information and policemen and I set out for Osun State. When we got there, we informed the DPO of the police station in Ikire of the operation and some policemen were assigned to follow us. We were led by a tracker and when we got to a particular location, the tracker indicated that we had got to the location.

We got there around 9pm, so the policemen who accompanied us from Ikire said the place was dangerous and advised that we move in the next day. The place is filled with bush and there was no presence of human beings at that time, so we pulled back, lodged in a hotel and strategised on how to go about the operation.

Out of the information we got before setting out for Osun State, we marked a prophet, who was a soft suspect. I called him to seek spiritual help that night and he gave me an appointment for the following day. I met with him around 8am and the policemen moved in to arrest him. During interrogation, he confessed to knowing Segun Philip and led us to the church, where he was arrested.

Were the prophet and Philip aware of the reason for their arrest? Where was the prime suspect, Adeeko, during Philip’s arrest?

The prophet was not aware of the reason for his arrest; he was a soft spot and all he did was to lead us to Segun Philip. Even Philip was not aware of his crime when he was arrested, but while taking him to the station, out of guilt, he started confessing that the man, who brought Favour had gone to Ikire to make some withdrawal, and when he returned, he would be going to Lagos and we would not be able to arrest him again.

The information we initially had at that time was only on Philip, but his revelation was a huge boost for the investigation. So, a policeman and I were told to wait at the church for Owolabi Adeeko, while Philip led the others to the ATM point, where Adeeko was arrested.

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