In a gory tale of envy and greed, a 29-year-old man paid the ultimate price for telling his friend about a heavy sum his South Africa-based elder brother sent to him for the completion of his (elder brother’s) housing project back home in Nigeria.
Abuchi Wisdom Nwachukwu was allegedly murdered by Moses, his friend and colleague, after informing the latter that his elder brother had sent him the sum of N13 million( GH¢ 193,158) to complete his housing project.
Nwachukwu, a native of Isiala-Mbano, Imo State, was allegedly hacked to death by Moses on January 7, 2020, during a night shift at the table water company where they worked in Auchi, Edo State, after which he took possession of Nwachukwu’s phone and ATM card.
Moses also went on to behead Nwachukwu’s lifeless body so that it wouldn’t be recognised, dumping the headless body in a bush close to the company.
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He then took the latter’s phone and ATM card to some internet fraudsters in Auchi who helped him to withdraw the sum of N2.2 million (GH¢ 32,708) from Nwachukwu’s account. Thereafter, Moses approached various POS points in the city to withdraw various sums of money.
The police were puzzled when they saw Nwachukwu’s headless body but could not identify him. They took the body to the mortuary while Nwachukwu’s relatives in Imo State, as well as his brother in South Africa, worried about his sudden disappearance and their inability to reach him on the phone.
His South Africa-based brother was said to have written a petition to the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, months after he could not locate his brother or hear from him. Operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), headed by Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, swung into action to unravel the mystery behind Nwachukwu’s disappearance.
It was gathered that weeks into their investigation IRT operatives were able to trace the POS transactions Moses did with Nwachukwu’s ATM cards to Benin, Ore and Auchi parts of Edo State. The suspect was later arrested in a hotel in Auchi where he was hiding.