Agents of the Anti-Robbery Squad of the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, Lagos State, have captured a five-man posse for purportedly strangling a taxi driver Sonye Chukwudi, otherwise known as Zack Friday.
Anthony Toms (20), Godwin Francis (25), Michael Inyang (21), Evidence David (22), Etuk Tony (23) ─ deceived the 32-year-old to the Ransome Kuti Gardens, Anthony Village, supposing he had a great deal of cash.
They were said to have bound him hands and feet before strangling him, just to find he had just his telephone and N4,750 on him.
Our reporter was informed that the suspects concealed the carcass in the greenhouses.
They were about getting away in the casualty’s white Mercedes Benz E320 cantina auto, when a group of policemen, following up on a tip-off, secured them.
The occurrence happened on Sunday around 9pm.
A police source said the suspects thought Chukwudi was rich due to his auto which he generally stopped around the Ikeja GRA for contract administration.
He said, “They were four that arranged the wrong doing. Toms was their source. He let them know the man was rich.
“He told Chukwudi that he had work for him. He said the man would convey a few blossoms for a client from Anthony Village to Obanikoro.”
It was learnt that Toms, who hails from Cross River State additionally organized with another companion to drive the casualty’s auto after it had been stolen.
A police source said the man, who was to drive Chukwudi’s auto, alarmed the police to the operation.
The policemen supposedly trailed him to the scene.
PUNCH Metro accumulated that around 9pm, the casualty crashed into the patio nurseries and stopped his auto confronting the Gbagada Expressway.
It was accumulated that Toms started to load some bunch of blooms into the corner of the auto.
A source said, “Toms called the casualty to help him. As he ventured out of the auto, different individuals left their concealing place and hit him in the head with a board.
“They bound his legs and hands and utilized his garments to cover his mouth. They then strangled him.”
Our reporter was informed that the suspects stripped the perished’s pocket and discovered his telephone and N4,750.
“Before long, they called their enlisted driver to pick them on the grounds that none of them could drive.
“When the driver got to the spot, the police encompassed the suspects,” the source said.
Our reporter was informed that the police were compelled to start shooting at two of the group individuals who endeavored to get away.
They supported shot wounds in the legs.
The police were said to have discovered the casualty’s cadaver covered up in the patio nurseries and secured with blooms.
Our reporter was informed that Chukwudi lived alone in the Egbeda territory of Lagos, while his wife and four youngsters lived in the place where they grew up in Imo State.
It was learnt that none of the suspects had their relatives in Lagos as they originated from Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Anambra states.
The prime suspect, Toms, however advised our journalist he never intended to murder the casualty.
He said, “I am a cultivator. I work in that garden at Anthony. I met the man around two years back.
“That day, I simply needed to gather the cash and take his auto which we evaluated at about N2m. He battled with us and passed on simultaneously.”
At the point when reached, the Police Public Relations Officer Kenneth Nwosu, said he would get back to.
However, he had yet to do as such as of the season of recording this report.
However, a police source said the men were summoned on Wednesday before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court.
They have been remanded pending lawful counsel from the Directorate of Public Prosecuti