A middle-aged man, Nonso Azubuike, who specializes in stealing tricycles, popularly known as keke NAPEP, on Tuesday gave gruesome details on how he murders his victims. The suspect, an indigene of Otolo in Nnewi, Anambra State, confessed that he relocated to Enugu from Abuja, alongside his accomplice, after they had killed five commercial motorcyclists. According to him, “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, which we usually dug at a building foundation within the Enugu-Port Harcourt Express Way.”
Earlier while parading him alongside other suspects at the Enugu State Police command’s headquarters, the commissioner of police, Nwodibo Ekechukwu, disclosed that Nonso and his accomplice, now late, escaped after committing similar act at keffi in Nasarawa State and relocated to Enugu early January, 2016. The commissioner stated that the two suspects, 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 mainly in Ado area of the state.
According to the CP, the duo commenced operations in January 2016, by stopping and entering tricycles at gun point, along Ogui road, Mosque area of Artisan and requesting the rider on each occasion to drop them at their purported building site along Ugwuaji, off the Enugu-PortHarcourt way.
“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”, the commissioner further stated.
It was equally disclosed that after killing the victim, the suspects 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.
Meanwhile, the Police Command also paraded car snatchers, armed robbery suspects, pipeline vandals, assuring citizens of its commitment to make criminals uncomfortable in the State.