A staff of the Guarantee Trust bank, Babatunji Lawal, has revealed that the bank’s CCTV captured a suspect withdrawing money from the account of murdered Olajide Blessing, a 300-level student of the University of Ilorin.
Blessing was allegedly raped and murdered at her home in Tanke area of Ilorin on June 2, 2021. She was found with her mouth gagged with clothes and bruises on her private parts.
Investigations by security operatives after the incident led to the arrest of eight suspects who first appeared before Justice I.A. Jusuf on June 30.
The suspects arrested includ:Abdulazeez Ismail, Ajala Moses Oluwatimileyin (aka Jacklord), Oyeyemi Timileyin Omogbolahan, Abdulkarim Shuaib (aka Easy), Kareem Oshioyemi Rasheed (Rashworld), Abdullateef Abdulrahman, Daud Bashir Adebayo (aka Bashman) and Akande Taiye Oladoja.
However, testifying before Justice Ibrahim Yusuf of Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Tuesday, August 17, Lawal told the court that bank CCTV footage captured the image of the 6th defendant, Abdullateef Abdulrahman, during the withdrawal.
Lawal added that the suspect also used a Microfinance bank app to also withdraw money from Blessing’s late account amounting to N50,000.
“The bank CCTV captured the suspect while withdrawing the money from the ATM while putting on a head warner in the process. Withdrawals through the ATM and a Microfinance bank application amounted to N50,000 including bank charges,” Lawal added.
Pictures allegedly from the incident tendered by the banker were admitted as evidence by the court.
Lawal, who was the ninth witness in the case was cross-examined by the legal representatives of the first, sixth and eighth defendants.
The trial judge, Justice Adebayo Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court, however, adjourned the matter to Wednesday, August 18, for the continuation of trial.