Inspector Damian Oguinye, a police officer, has disclosed what the police found at the home of businessman, Adedapo Ojora when he died from a gunshot injury.
The late businessman, who was the son of businessman Adekunle Ojora, and brother-in-law of former Senate President Bukola Saraki, was found dead at his Ikoyi residence in Lagos on December 11, 2020.
He had sustained a gunshot injury to the head, News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Testifying before the Ikeja Coroner’s Court, Oguinye said Ikoyi Police Station received a distress call from Adeyinka Ojora on the evening of December 11, 2020, that the 59-year-old socialite was found dead.
He explained that the station’s divisional police officer (DPO), CSP Mustapha Tijani, went to the scene with a team of police officers.
He said the team found a “Beretta pistol was found lying on the upper chest of the deceased, and when a search was made, an empty shell was discovered in an indoor wastebasket”.
The pistol had 13 rounds of live ammunition still loaded, the witness added.
“While the team saw only one shell in the wastebasket, it later came and saw two other empty shells on the premises. The deceased was lying down facing upwards. The bullet had hit the wall,” the witness said.
Mr Oguinye said Ojora’s doctor got to the scene before the police and had already pronounced him dead.
He further mentioned that the DPO checked around the house for a break-in but discovered none.
Mr Oguinye also stated that Mr Tijani had also cordoned off the scene to await the arrival of the deputy commissioner of police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, and the Lagos State commissioner of police.
He explained that the DPO tore the deceased’s shirt to check his torso for bruises.
He said, “A team of forensic experts from SCID Panti came. CSP Razak Useni led the team. The domestic staff, Nkiru Joseph, was called upon by CSP Razak. She was the one who told us where the other guns were kept, and we found where they were kept.
“Joseph told us that she had just served the deceased food that evening around 6:00 pm.
Copies of photographs taken from the scene were tendered as evidence at the inquest.
The coroner, Oyetade Komolafe, adjourned proceedings until February 18 to continue the hearing.