Blue Murder Former Abia-North APC candidate murdered in Lagos

A politician who contested for the House of Representatives position in Abia State has been stabbed to death by an armed robber in his Lagos home.

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The victim, Ugochukwu Nwosu play

The victim, Ugochukwu Nwosu

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A political stalwart who contested for the Abia-North Federal Constituency in the 2015 elections, Ugochukwu Nwosu, has been murdered by a suspected armed robber in his Ikorodu, Lagos State home.

Punch reports that the 46-year-old Nwosu who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was stabbed to death by the robber identified as Dolapo Olajiru at his house located on Shakiru Oleko Street, Agric, Ikorodu.

It was gathered that despite the serious injuries Nwosu sustained in the attack, he managed to overpower and apprehend Olajiru but gave up the ghost shortly after he was admitted to a private hospital in the area.

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The victim was said to be a first class graduate of Chemical Engineering of the University of Port-Harcourt, with a Masters degree in Chemical Analysis from the Harvard University.

He was also the Chief Executive Officer of Idife Nwosu Investment Limited and Business Info Base Business Directory.

His driver identified simply as Obinna, narrated that he and his boss were awoken by the sound of falling crates around 3am on Thursday, December 1.

“On the day of the incident, my boss and I were the only ones at home. At about 3am, we heard sounds of empty crates of drinks in the compound falling. My boss, who was still working on his laptop in the living room, decided to go out to check what was happening.

The sound also woke me up and I followed him. Shortly after, I heard sounds of two people struggling. I quickly ran out and behold, I saw my boss in a brawl with a man. He (Nwosu) was bleeding in his right hand.

I joined him and we overpowered, disarmed and tied up the intruder. Afterward, I noticed that my boss was about passing out. 

I had thought he was bleeding only from his right hand, but I didn’t know that the intruder also stabbed him below the abdomen.

I immediately drove him to a private hospital but he had lost a lot of blood. He was later confirmed dead by a doctor.”

The suspect who was been handed over to policemen from the Owotu Division, who later transferred him to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Yaba for investigations.

Explaining how he murdered the politician, Olajiru who admitted being an armed robber, said that he stabbed the victim while they struggled.

“I used to be a conductor but in the last three months, things have been very rough. I have not had a vehicle to work with.

In the process of waiting, a friend of mine, Ayo, introduced me to robbery. We are five in our gang and we usually rob houses in the Ikorodu area. 

When we rob, we take away phones, money, and valuables that we can lay our hands on. We do not have a gun; we only use knives to scare our victims.

That night, I was walking around to identify a house to rob when I saw the honourable’s house and I scaled the fence.

I landed on some empty crates which also fell. The sound alerted the owner of the house and I heard a door open. I immediately hid behind the crates.

When he came close enough, I attacked him and we started to fight. He was strong, but because I had a knife, I stabbed him in his right hand and he started bleeding. 

He held on and tried to take the knife from me but he couldn’t. I also stabbed him in the waist, and it was at that point another man joined in the fight. They overpowered me and tied me up.”

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos who confirmed the incident, it was a case of armed robbery.

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SP Badmos added that the command received an emergency call about the robbery and operatives rushed to the scene but unfortunately, the victim had been stabbed.

She concluded that investigations have begun in earnest and efforts are on to arrest other members of the gang.

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