An acclaimed spiritualist with two of his aides have been arrested by the FCT police in connection with the murder one Awwal Umar, a student of Baze University, Abuja, after defrauding him of N7 million.
Awwal Umar, 26, was reportedly killed at Kankara in Katsina State on Friday, 3 October, 2014.
According to the commissioner of Police in Abuja, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, who released a statement this on Thursday, 23 October, 2014, “On Thursday, 2 October, 2014, the deceased took his wife to his father’s house, saying he was going to Keffi Road (Nasarawa) to buy Sallah ram in the early hours of the day.
“In the evening, at about 9.30 pm of same day, he made a phone call that he had bought the ram and was returning home.
“That is the last contact his parents and wife had with him. The man, the deceased, disappeared on Thursday, 2 October, 2014 and on Monday, 6 October, 2014, the parents made a report in this command and we got our crack team to investigate the matter. From the call log on his phone, we made arrests. We discovered that one Abdullahi Bello, who was living in the same house with the deceased, had over a period of time collected N7 million from him.”
According the commissioner, Bello engaged a spiritualist to divert the attention of Umar from demanding for his money when he could not pay back.
“When that did not work according to plan, Bello came up with another plot where he gave the money to a spiritualist at Kankara in Katsina State, then lured the deceased to Katsina with a promise to recover the money from the spiritualist on the pretext that the spiritualist had doubled the N7 million”.
Speaking further, Inalegwu said that the suspect, the spiritualist and another suspect, apprehended late Umar and beat him to death at a stream near Kankara using sticks, clubs, machetes and other deadly weapons.
The commissioner said the corpse was exhumed for examination and was reburied, adding that the suspects would soon be charged to court.