Operatives of the Enugu State command of Nigerian Police have arrested one Sampson, a farmer, for allegedly killing his business partner, Friday, over proceeds from their farming business.
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; while the suspect was arrested on August 7 by police operatives.
Amaraizu, according to NAN report said that the deceased and one Paul were all partners in the farming of cucumber. It was revealed that the deceased and Paul had raised money for the suspect, who did the farming, sale of the produce and shared profits.
“It was gathered that his victim, Sampson, a student 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, a misunderstanding arose between them which allegedly resulted in the killing of Sampson 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 suspicions, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, called for an investigation in which the suspect was nabbed by police operatives in partnership with neighbourhood watch group members from the community where he was hiding,’’ he said.
The police spokesman said that the suspect had been helping police operatives in their investigation in relation to how he allegedly killed his victim and buried him inside the bush.
Amaraizu noted that the suspect had however maintained in his confessional statement that the money in question is not to the tune of N6 million but N300,000.
He said that the suspect also maintained that he never wanted to kill the deceased but that the deceased had wanted to kill him.