A notorious armed robber who made sure he killed his victims has been arrested in Enugu.
A notorious 'Keke Napep' (tricycle) thief, Nonso Azubuike, has confessed to the police at the Enugu State Police Command how he killed many operators of the tricycle so they could steal their vehicles.
The middle-aged indigene of Otolo in Nnewi, Anambra State, told the police that he had been engaging in the crime for a long time while he lived in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory and even on relocation to Enugu, continued in the same field until the end of the road came with his arrest.
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According to the suspect, after killing their victims, he and his accomplices would forge a dealer receipt to convince prospective buyers and then sell the Keke at prices ranging from N205,000 to N350,000 at Enugu and Nnewi.
“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.”
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Ekechukwu Nwodibo, while parading the suspect, stated that he and his late accomplice initially engaged in crimes of killing commercial motorcycle riders in Abuja, adding that in 2014, they spread their operations to Nasarawa State and had stolen so many motorcycles in the state.
“The modus operandi of the duo was to ask each tricycle operator 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 died.
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.”
Nwodibo said the suspect will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.