The Enugu State Police Command has detained a farmer based in Enugu, Sampson Nwaobasi, for supposedly murdering his company partner, Mr Friday Ani, for paying the proceeds of the farming company.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Monday in Enugu that the incident happened on July 31 in Agbani community.
Amaraizu said that the deceased and one Paul Eze were all partners in the farming of cucumber as the deceased and Eze had raised money to the suspect, who does the farming, sells same and shares profits, NAN reports
“It was gathered that his victim, Ani, a student of Enugu State University of Science and Technology and his business associate had met his untimely death when he had demanded from the suspect payment of his share of the proceed.
“It was gathered they were to share N6 million as the business thrived for four months; however, the suspect allegedly started avoiding his partners which made them believe that he may have craftily reinvested the proceed without them knowing.
“The deceased traced the suspect to the farm to find out what has been happening; and in the farm, misunderstanding arose between them which allegedly resulted in the killing of Ani by the suspect and burying him inside the bush.
“The deceased was said to have been reported missing by relations who could not immediately find out what happened.
“Following suspicious ways the story appeared, Commissioner of Police, Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, directed for investigation in which the suspect was nabbed by police operatives in partnership with neighborhood watch group members from the community where he was hiding,’’ he said.
Police spokesman revealed that the suspect had assisted police officers in their investigation as to how he allegedly killed his victim and buried him inside the bush quickly.
Amaraizu noted that the suspect had however maintained in his confessionary statement that the money in question is not to the tune of N6 million but N300,000.
He said the suspect also retained that he never intended to murder the deceased and that the family wished to kill him because of the cash, but he had to fight his knife and stab him to death.