Exclusive: Unmasking SP Toafik Tijani, The Real but Unsong Police Czar
SP Toafik Tijani, The Real but Unsong Police Czar Who Captured Notorious Kidnap Kingpin, Daniel Bob Ibeaji, That Murdered Chief Ignatius Odunukwe, Owner Of Fireman Generator Over His 900 Million/Original Land Document
The Controversy that has continued to trail the arrest of the notorious kidnap kingpin, Daniel Bob Ibeaji ,appears to be tearing the fabrics that held the hitherto hierarchical unity in the regimented Nigeria Police Force into two. Indeed the controversy now appears to have simmered down, as the real Police Officer, who investigated and arrested Daniel has been unmasked by our undercover investigators.
Our findings has revealed that contrary to earlier reports and Zone 2 Police command publications, it was Superintendent of Police, SP Toafik Tijani, then in charge of Zone 2 police command Monitoring Unit, lagos , that actually investigated and arrested the deadly kidnapper Daniel Bob Ibeji, in his Abuja hideout and brought him down to Lagos.
It would be recalled that the Police authorities in Zone 2 command, Onikan, Lagos, had at the public parade of the suspects, introduced another police officer SP Uba Adams, as the police officer that nabbed the suspects. This alleged miscarriage of honour, our findings revealed, did not go down well with the real team that did the Job.
Though the reason for declaring and crediting another officer with the success of the operation is still shrouded in secrecy ,but it was learnt that the internal horse trading within the Zonal Command over the case, may have led to the re – deployment of SP Tijani Toafik to another unit in Ogun State as DPO Ewokoro , while SP Ubah Adams, For instance, while zone 2 command paraded 4 suspects, it was gathered from a reliable source close to the real squad that actually carried out the operation, that a total of 8 suspects were arrested.
Further investigations by our undercover investigators revealed that contrary to earlier Police reports, police did not recover three AK 47 as publicized initially “No Pump Action rifle or Axe was recovered from the 8 suspects we nabbed, contrary to the four suspects paraded by Zone 2 command “, Our source said.
The mind boggling questions that are yet to be answered by the Police authorities in Zone 2 , are : Where is the manager of Artican Beach Ogombo in Ajah area, where the victim was butchered and packed in fridge cartoon?. Who deleted the CCTV coverage of that Dastard act in Artican Beach hotel?. What happened to the Recovery of Documents of victims house at Katampe area in Abuja, valued at 1.5 Billions naira?
Where is the chairman and manager of Artican beach , who allegedly paid ‘ransom’ to cover up the criminal act? Where is the man arrested for selling the lethal injection with which Chief Ignatius Odunukwe was killed .?
Many questions also filtered from our source which are begging for answers are : * What happened to the numerous multiple multi million Naira bank accounts and property allegedly owned by the kingpin? , * How many arms and ammunition were actually recovered. Recall that the Anambra State born billionaire and owner of Fireman Generators, Chief Ignatius Odunukwe who went missing first week of December was later found dead. The billionaire was killed, cut into pieces and his body packed into a ”Ghana Must Go” bag which his murderers dumped inside a forest.
The perceived injustice allegedly meted out to the Real squad that nabbed the kidnap kingpin is worth to be noted. The story would now be told how SP Toafik Tijanis’ glory was hijacked, when he allegedly had completed the investigation job to about 95percent.
The leader of the four-man syndicate that allegedly murdered the businessman and philanthropist, Chief Adunukwe, in the Ajah area of Lagos State, also narrated how his gang perpetrated the heinous crime.According to the gang leader, Daniel Bob Ibeaji, who is a United Kingdom-trained Surgeon, it was the lust for wealth and luxury that lured him into the crime.
Chief Adunukwe had reportedly left his house at No. 14, Maduke Street, Off Raymond Njoku Street, Ikoyi, in Lagos State, for a business visit on December 1, 2019, but never returned.
His family had informed the police of the sudden disappearance of the aged man and subsequently petitioned the Assistant Inspector General of Police in-charge of Zone 2, Onikan, in Lagos, AIG Ahmed Iliyasu. The late Chief Adunukwe , was the owner of Fireman Generators, an Estate Development and Gold Mining giant.
The AIG Zone 2 was said to have promptly summoned the Tactical Commander of the Ikorodu Office of Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) of Operation PUFF ADDER, Uba Adams, a Superintendent of Police, to investigate the matter. His investigation was said to have paid off as the suspects were soon arrested and confessed to have killed the deceased same day he was last seen at home.
Ibeaji and his gang members – Arinze Uzor Igwe, 26, Solomon Cletus, 30, and Isreal Obigaremu, 35, – led policemen and journalists to a swamp in Ogombo at Ajah area of the state, where the dismembered body parts of the deceased was dumped.
The 42-year-old Ibeaji, who hails from Awgu Local Government Area in Enugu State, confessed to killing Adunukwe in his hotel room at Artican Beach Resort, Ajah.
Narrating how the gang perfected its plan to kill the deceased, Ibeaji said he met the late Chief Adunukwe sometime in September, 2019, when he indicated interest in buying a property owned by the deceased, in Abuja.
According to Ibeaji, an ex-convict “I saw a written advert to a house at Katakpe Street, in Abuja, that the house was for sale. I approached the security man at the house, telling him I was interested in buying the house.
“The security man called Chief Adunukwe on phone, we spoke and he said he was not in Abuja. We exchanged contacts and agreed to keep in touch for later discussion on the property.
“He had a function in Abuja sometime in same September 2019 and so we met and finalised discussion on the property.
“We met again in Lagos in October, and we reached an agreement that the property will be sold for N900 Million. I told him I will get the money ready, and call him once I was ready.
“I called on November 30 and told him we should meet at my hotel room at African Beach Resort, on December 1, that I had the N900 million cash ready.
“Although, I had informed and invited Cletus, whom I met at Kuje Prison, while I was serving a jail term there and Arinze, who was a former staff of the resort, to be a part of the killing, promising to give them N2 million each.
“So, when Chief Adunukwe came into my room, Cletus and Arinze were there. After we exchanged pleasantries, we sat down, and signed the necessary documents for the purchase of the land by me.
“I asked Arinze and Cletus to bring out the Ghana-Must-Go bag containing the money, and I asked Adunukwe to confirm the money in the bag. As he bent to do so, Cletus, as planned, hit him from behind with an axe, he fell and while he was still trying to stand, we held him and I injected him with a poisonous substance which made him sleep off.
“We strangled him and when I confirmed he was dead, we tried to pack his body in the bag, but we could not, so we had to cut his body into parts and packed them in the bag that was supposed to contain the money. “The bag tore and we had to get a carton to also package the body parts so that people don’t suspect us.
“We waited till about 8:00p.m. when we noticed there was none at the laundry, so Arinze who is a former staff of the hotel, led us through the laundry and then the back door.
“Arinze and Cletus came to this bush to dispose the body. Sincerely I don’t know what came over me. It was just lust for luxury that pushed me into this crime.”
Cletus, who also spoke on his involvement in the crime, denied hitting the deceased with an axe. He insisted it was Ibeaji that hit the deceased with an axe and also chopped the body into parts. In his confession, Cletus said it was because he had no one to help him start a business after he was released from prison that made him embrace the offer by the lead suspect.
According to Cletus, “I really regret my action. I only got involved in this because I needed money to start a new life after I was released from prison. Ibeaji promised me N2 million, which he was yet to give me before I was arrested,” he said.
Obigaremu, an Uber driver, who was part of the gang, maintained he had no hand in the murder. He said he is a friend to Arinze, who called him late December 1, 2019, saying he needed a place to park his boss’s vehicle. “Arinze called me saying his boss had travelled and that since it was late, he did not want to drive his boss’s car home. He begged he parked the vehicle in my house, which I agreed. “But he did not come back for the vehicle until when he led the police to my house to recover the car and I was arrested,” he explained.
Speaking to journalists on the tragic murder, AIG Ahmed Iliyasu, said the syndicate had been involved in many high profile crimes in the country before now. AIG Iliyasu revealed that Ibeaji and his gang had earlier attempted to kill another property developer, Jude Efulue, in Abuja, after they had emptied his account of N9 million.
The police boss also said that the suspects often got their victims through their social media accounts. Hence, he warned against the unnecessary flaunting of wealth on social media. “A new and highly sophisticated dimension has been introduced into cybercrime. Before, it was Yahoo-Yahoo we had to contend with” Iliyasu stated.
“Later we battled ‘Yahoo Plus’ until the discovery of this latest one which is about the deadliest in the annals of internet frauds. No one is free from them as long as you are on the social media.
“However, the only way out is to abstain from unnecessary and flagrant flaunting of one’s achievements and wealth on the social media. “Members of this syndicate are so callous that they hack into your Facebook account, peruse your profile, once they find anything appealing to them in you, ‘ as a big fish’, all they do is to start working on you.
Found in their possessions at various locations are the following: One Medical ID Card, Axe, Remains of the Victim in a bag (Ghana must go), Three AK 47 rifles, One pump action gun, One Ford SUV (Belonging to the Victim), Victim’s house documents, One Toyota Corolla car, One Nissan Salon car, Three Tecno Phones, Four Nokia Phones, Two Samsung Phones and One Bontel Phone.
“They would start by sending you a friend request and the moment you respond in the affirmative, you are a ready-made target. They would start by selling dummies of business ideas in your area of specialty to you and, by human nature, the insatiable spirit in us tempts us to crave for more.
“The late Adunukwe never had a premonition of the lurking danger ahead of him when he drove himself to the point of death. The four suspects had confessed to committing the crime. Ibeaji has two cases undergoing trial at Apo High Court Abuja”
AIG Ahmed Iliyasu ,expressed his sympathy and condolences to the family of late Chief Ignatius Adunukwue and prayed for his soul and stated that the suspects would be charged to court to face the full wrath of the law.