A middle-aged man, Nonso Azubuike, who specializes in stealing tricycles (Keke Napep) has confessed how he had killed and buried seven of his victims in Enugu.
Azubuike, a native of Otolo in Nnewi, Anambra State, confessed that he relocated to Enugu from Abuja, alongside his accomplice, after they had killed five commercial motorcyclists.
Read his crimes confessions:
“We operated for so long in Abuja but had to relocate when the situation became difficult. Before we left, we killed five okada riders in Nasarawa.
“Here in Enugu, we usually board a Keke, myself and my friend, Kennedy Ihunegbo, who is now dead; we will ask the Keke rider to take us to our building site at Ugwuaji; on getting there, we will ask him to help us load some items into the keke; once he bends down, one of us will use hammer and hit him on the head until he dies.
“We will now bury him in a shallow grave, which we usually dug at a building foundation within the Enugu-Port Harcourt Express Way.”
Earlier while parading him alongside other suspects at the Enugu State Police Command’s headquarters, the Commissioner of Police, Nwodibo Ekechukwu, disclosed that Nonso and his accomplice, now late, escaped after committing similar act at Keffi in Nasarawa State and relocated to Enugu early January, 2016.
Statements by the Commissioner affirmed that the two suspects started their criminal acts in Abuja and later spread their operation to Nasarawa state where they had stolen so many motorcycles mainly in Ado area of the state.
According to Ekechukwu, the duo commenced operations in January 2016, by stopping and entering tricycles at gun point, along Ogui road, Mosque area of Artisan and requesting the rider on each occasion to drop them at their purported building site along Ugwuaji, off the Enugu-Portharcourt way.
“The modus operandi of the duo was to ask each Keke rider conveying them to drop them at their purported building site, normally in a lonely place.
“They would then request the operator to carry blocks for them in the tricycle, to another location. The tricycle operator would be hit by them with a very big iron hammer on the head repeatedly as he bent to carry the block, till he’s dead.”
The Commissioner further said
“This was the method used in killing their seven victims on two dates each in January and March, 2016 at various times of the day. In an instance, the head of one of the victims was shattered.”
The suspects also disclosed that after killing each victim, they would forge a dealership receipt to convince prospective buyers to buy the Keke at prices ranging from N205,000 to N350,000 at Enugu and Nnewi.
Lately, the rate of automobile theft in major roads and streets of Enugu has escalated since the beginning of 2016 including cases of kidnap and other forms of crimes.
However, the Police Command have assured citizens of its commitment to make criminals uncomfortable in the State.