Three months after a 26-year-old banker, Oluwakemi Adeyemi, was kidnapped on her way from work at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, her father, Pastor Ibukun Adeyemi, told The Independent how he waited anxiously in agony while the kidnappers called him repeatedly. But it wasn’t until his late son’s final call that he got the news that he was dead.
Oluwakemi was dragged off to an underground car park before her abductors fed her snacks and pumped her full of marijuana. They then left her for dead, abandoning her body at the scene of her kidnapping. At about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, in front of his guest house in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Pastor Adeyemi had brought Oluwakemi’s body down, wrapped in a yellow-and-black burial shroud. Oluwakemi’s body was then carted away, just hours after she was declared dead.
“They must have succeeded in killing her and dumped her at the car park somewhere,” said Pastor Adeyemi, describing the final events of his daughter’s murder. “We were at the house and she was talking normally. Then she suddenly fell asleep and was still talking for about 30 minutes. Then I got a phone call from a lady saying that Oluwakemi was in the car park and the person had informed her that she is dead.”
Raphael Ogunleye, a police spokesman for Lekki Local Government, confirmed Pastor Adeyemi’s version. “The final call to her father, then the body was discovered and deposited in a mortuary,” he said. “There are a lot of questions surrounding the case. A post-mortem is still ongoing.”
The authorities in Lagos state have said they are now working with Oyo state’s police force to investigate the crime. Pastor Adeyemi was inconsolable as he spoke, speculating on what exactly happened to his son. “I want to know who they are. I have the phone,” he said. “We know that they were drug addicts. They called me at least four times to say that they had found my daughter dead. I can’t believe that they would do that. But I just hope and pray that somebody out there knows and it will bring closure to the family.”
A statement from National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Nigeria is yet to be released.
It has been 12 months since Oluwakemi Adeyemi was kidnapped and found dead in an underground car park in Lagos. pic.twitter.com/jd4SH7RfUF — The Independent (@Independent) February 7, 2019
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