Daily Trust (Abuja)

18 June 2007

Nigeria: Student Kills Friend Over N30,000

Kaduna — A 31-year-old chemical engineering student of the Kaduna Polytechnic, yesterday confessed stabbing his friend to death and stealing N30,000 and a mobile phone, police said. Yahaya Ali of Rafin Guza village, Kawo, a staff of Kaduna State Water Board, was killed on June 5 and his corpse discovered two days later, Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State, Ernest Ibhaze, told newsmen at the weekend.

His body, covered with machete cuts, was dumped near Kawo Primary School. Police investigations revealed that he was killed by his close friend, one Suleiman Yusuf Oyibo. Ibhaze said: "Suleiman Yusuf Oyibo, a student of Kaduna Polytechnic, who was last seen with the deceased, was arrested and found with the deceased Water Board and National identity cards. On further investigations, the suspect confessed that he killed the deceased in his room when he visited him and thereafter called one of his friends Yunusa Isiaka an HND 1 stu-dent of textile technology, Kaduna Polytechnic who came to assist him dispose the body using the deceased's car.

"The suspect later called one Abdulkarim Imran, a motor mechanic who removed the vehicle, a red Honda Civic from the scene to Tudun Wada with intent to dispose of it. The suspects have all been arrested and will soon be arraigned in court," he said.

When Daily Trust spoke with the suspect, he admitted killing the deceased but said "it was the devils work. I did not kill him intentionally. He came to my house to collect my refrigerator which I was to use as collateral to collect a loan of N30,000 from him. I asked him to give me the money but he said that was not the agreement. That we were to take the refrigerator to the cashier where he would give me the money and take the refrigerator.

"He then brought out a knife and while we were struggling, the knife cut him and he died. I then called my friend ,Yunusa Isiaka, to come and help me so that we can take the body away. The only mistake I made was not to have called the police," he said.

Isiaka in his own testi-mony, said his friend only wanted to implicate him in the case which he knows nothing about. "My friend is involved in killing somebody and he wants to involve me. I called him as I have not heard from him for some days. He said I should come immediately. "We met at the Kawo Primary School field where he told me that he wants to sell a red Honda Civic car which some-body sold to for him for N30,000. Then we called the mechanic to come and take the car away. It was the next day that he told me what actually happened and blackmailed me that if I tell anybody then we would all be involved. He then gave me a phone which I sold for N7,000," Isiaka said.

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