A man, identified simply as Moses, has confessed that the ghost of his colleague, Abuchi Wisdom Nwachukwu, whom he killed in January over N13 million, has been hunting him since then.
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The suspect killed and beheaded Nwachukwu in Auchi, Edo State, after he informed him that his older brother living in South Africa, had sent N13 million to complete his housing project in Nigeria.
He hacked the victim, 29, from Isiala-Mbano, in Imo State, to death on January 7, 2020, during a night shift at a table water company where they both worked in Auchi.
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Police said Moses, a native of Auchi, also decapitated Nwachukwu’s lifeless body, so that it would not be easily recognised, before dumping the headless body into a bush close to the company.
After the murder, Moses took possession of Nwachukwu’s phone and ATM card.
He reportedly took the ATM card to some internet fraudsters in Auchi, who helped him to withdraw the sum of N2.2 million from Nwachukwu’s account.
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The suspect also approached various POS points in the city to withdraw various sums of money.
The police found later found Nwachukwu’s headless body, but could not identify him.
They took the body to the mortuary, while Nwachukwu’s relatives in Imo, as well as his brother in South Africa became worried over his sudden disappearance and their inability to reach him on the phone.
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The victim’s brother in South African was said to have written a petition to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), 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.
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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.
They later arrested him in a hotel in Auchi, where he was hiding.
Upon interrogation, he admitted to killing Nwachukwu. He also led IRT operatives to arrest suspected internet fraudsters; Yusuf Sagiru, Tony Bright and Terence Okochukwu, as well as businessman, Jahswill Ogbonnaya, who were said to have helped him withdraw a sum of N6 million from the deceased’s account.
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The 27-year-old suspect and graduate of Mechanical Engineering, Auchi Polytechnic, said Nwachukwu’s ghost has been hunting him since the day he killed him.
“I work in a table water company in Abely area of Auchi, and I have been working in that company in the last four years.
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“When Nwachukwu got a job in the factory, I was the person who taught him how to operate the machine, so we became very close friends.
“While we were working, Nwachukwu told me about his brother who lives in South Africa and how he has been sending money to build his house for him.
“He showed me the alert for the N13 million his brother had just sent to him, saying that he would be travelling to his village to carry out the project. I felt jealous and I decided to steal the money.
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“Since we were friends, I tricked him and collected his phone password. I went through it and found the PIN for his ATM card.
“Few days before the day he would be travelling, we worked on the same shift. I lured him outside the company, stabbed him with a knife and killed him.
“I dragged his body into the bush, and because I don’t want people to recognise him easily, I cut off his neck and buried it. Then I took his ATM card to some fraudsters. I gave it to one Yusuf and told him that I needed to hack the account.
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“We withdrew N2.2 million from the account. I had trouble with Yusuf because he and the people he brought in wanted to cheat me.
“I killed him on January 8, 2020 and travelled to Ore and Benin City. I stayed in several hotels and was carrying different women, but Nwachukwu’s spirit started disturbing me.
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“Whenever I want to sleep, the boy’s spirit will appear to me and will be crying. The girls that were with me would run away, saying that I want to use them for money ritual.”