Three soldiers have been charged with being involved in the death of a Department of State Services (DSS) operative, Seye Olubodun, in a hotel in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State.
According to reports, the soldiers stormed the Hossana hotel around 7.30 p.m. on Friday, June 4, and one of them purportedly hacked the DSS operative to death.
According to eyewitnesses, an argument broke out between the soldiers and the DSS agent after they arrested a young man suspected of being an internet fraudster inside the hostel.
An eyewitness claimed that a misunderstanding broke out between the soldiers and the DSS operative. This comes after a young man supposed to be an internet fraudster in the hotel was arrested.
The deceased was said to be attempting to intervene in the soldiers’ attempts to arrest the suspect when one of the soldiers became enraged and allegedly stabbed him to death.
“It was at about 7.30pm that the incident happened at a hotel along NTA Road in Ado Ekiti. The soldiers who were inside the hotel had stopped the young man they suspected to be a ‘Yahoo boy’ and while interrogating him, the young man saw the DSS operative on a bike and beckoned to him for rescue,” a source told Punch.
“When the DSS got to the soldiers, a hot argument ensued between them and one of the soldiers became so angry that he drew out a knife and stabbed DSS operative in the neck.The DSS man fell immediately and started bleeding. The people inside the hotel drinking had to run for their lives, in fact, they hurriedly fled the scene to prevent being arrested.” the source added.
Spokesperson of the Ekiti Police Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident on Saturday, June 5, said police are investigating the matter.
“We heard that the DSS operative was killed during a hot argument with some soldiers yesterday (Friday) evening. Our detectives have started investigation and we will get to the root of the matter.”
Abutu said that the corpse of the deceased had been deposited in the morgue and “the suspected perpetrators of the murder had been arrested.