Man kills, buries business partner in shallow grave in Enugu

Posted by Kenneth Ofoma, Enugu | 11 August 2019 | 798 times

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Police in Enugu at the weekend arrested one Nwaobasi Sampson for allegedly killing his business partner, Friday Ani, and burying him in a shallow grave.

The suspect, Sampson, is said to be a farmer in Enugu but from Ntezi Ezza, Ishielu Local Government Area, Ebonyi state.

A release by Enugu state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), stated that his victim Friday Ani, a second year student of Enugu State University of Science and Technology and his business associate had met his untimely death on July 31, 2019 when he had allegedly gone to demand from the suspect the payment of his money being his own share of the proceed of their cucumber farming business.

The victim, Ani; suspect (Sampson) and one Eze Paul were all partners in the business of farming of cucumber.

But the deceased and Eze Paul had raised money which they gave to the suspect for the farming of cucumber inside the bush, sell same and share profits amongst them.

According to reliable source, they were to share the sum of N6 million.

The business is said to have thrived amongst them for four months now.

ln their cucumber business farming, the deceased and Eze Paul usually sponsor the accused and thereafter share the proceed after harvest and sales.

It was gathered that problem broke out when the deceased demanded for the proceed which according to them was to the tune of N6 million.

Following the constant pressure and demand on the suspect by the deceased and Eze Paul to get the money realized from the harvest and sales to be shared, the suspect allegedly went into the habit of hiding and avoiding them which made them conclude that the suspect may have reinvested into the farming with their money without them.

On that fateful day July 31, 2019, according to the suspect, the deceased had traced him to the farm to find out what has been happening and in the ensuing quarrel and misunderstanding the suspect allegedly murdered Friday Ani.

He consequently buried him inside the bush on the account that the deceased wanted to kill him.

The deceased, relatives were said to have reported that he was missing when they were oblivious of what had happened.

According to the PPRO, following the suspicious ways the suspect was behaving, the commissioner of Police, Suleiman Balarabe directed for a full scale investigation through which intelligence information the suspect, Nwaobasi Sampson was later nabbed by the operatives of Unity Division of the Nigeria Police Enugu state on August 7, 2019 in partnership with the neighborhood watch group members of the community where he hid.

The PPRO said suspect is now helping the operatives in their investigations in relation to how he allegedly killed his victim and quickly buried him inside the bush.

Also, the suspect denied that the money in question was not to the tune of N6 million but three hundred thousand (N300, 000).

Furthermore, he said that he never intended to kill the deceased.  He acted in self defence, when the victim wanted to stab him with a knife.

“A full scale investigation has been intensified by the operatives,” the PPRO said. (New Telegraph)

Source: News Express

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