By Damilola Faustino
Hector Jobarteh, the 2006 Gulder Ultimate Search Winner has been murdered by unknown gunmen in Lagos.
According to reports, he was shot by two armed men who forced their way into his home soon after picking a relative at the airport. His father also got shot but survived.
Hector got married in 2013 and shuttled between Nigeria and the US where his wife and daughter live. His wife is reportedly pregnant with another child.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command has arrested three suspects in connection with his murder.
Confirming the arrests, the recently appointed Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said the suspects are being interrogated about the assassination of Jobarteh.
He said, “Some yet-to-be identified hoodlums pretending to be friends of the deceased, gained access into the apartment of Hector Jobarteh, 38, in the presence of his brother, one Victor Jobarteh, at 8, Olufowora Close, New Oko-Oba.
“They shot the said Hector in the chest without any dialogue and fled the scene.
“The Divisional Police Officer and a team of policemen quickly rushed to the scene after a distress call and the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died.
“Nothing was removed from his house. The corpse was taken to Orile/Agege Hospital morgue for autopsy.
“Enquiries carried out from neighbours revealed that the deceased may have been a victim of business transaction that went sour.
“To us, this is a clear case of murder and all angles are being investigated.
“I want to use this opportunity to assure the family and indeed Lagosians, that the police will use every asset at its disposal to ensure that perpetrators of this heinous act are not only brought to book but diligently prosecuted.”
May his soul rest in peace!