Wisdom Nwachukwu and Moses Moses were not only colleagues at a bottle water factory in Auchi , Edo State , they were close friends before money severed their ties.
It was Moses who allegedly pulled a fast one on Nwachukwu and cruelly ended the relationship over N 13 m .
Reports learnt that Nwachukwu showed Moses a credit alert of N 13 m that his brother based in South Africa sent to him to execute a building project at their hometown in Imo State on his behalf.
While they were both on a night shift , Moses reportedly lured Nwachukwu to a deserted location around the company knifed him to death and fled with his phone and Automated Teller Machine card .
He was said to have taken the phone and the ATM card to some Internet fraudsters in Auchi who helped him to withdraw N 2 . 2 m from Nwachukwu ’ s account .
Our correspondent gathered that Nwachukwu ’ s family became worried when they did not see him or reach him on the phone .
A case of missing person was consequently reported to the police and a petition was addressed to the Inspector -General of Police , Adamu Mohammed , who directed Intelligence Response Team to investigate the incident .
The IRT operatives were said to have tracked some POS transactions Moses carried out with Nwachukwu ’ s ATM card to Benin City, Ore and Auchi areas of Edo State and arrested him in a hotel where he was hiding .
“ During interrogation , he confessed to the crime and led the operatives to arrest some Internet fraudsters , Yusuf Sagiru , Tony Bright , Terence Okochukwu and a businessman , Jahswill Ogbonnaya, who assisted him in withdrawing a total sum of N 6 m from the account , ” a police source said .
Reports during the week , 27- year – old Moses , who hails from Auchi , said he committed the crime out of greed , lamenting that his friend ’ s ghost had been hunting him since he was killed .
He said , “ I work in a bottle water company in Abely area of Auchi and I have been working in that company for four years.
When Nwachukwu got a job in the factory , I was the one who taught him how to operate some machines and we became close friends .
“While we were working in the company in January 2020 , Nwachukwu told me about his brother who lives in South Africa and how he has been sending money to him to build a house for him .
He showed me an alert of N 13m which his brother just sent to him and that he would be travelling to their village to carry out the project .
“ I was envious of him and decided to steal the money. I tricked him , collected his phone password and went through it .
I found his ATM card pin and on January 8 when we were both on duty , I lured him outside the company and stabbed him with a knife. ”
Moses, a graduate of Mechanical Engineering , explained that he dragged Moses’ body into the bush and cut off his head so that people would not recognise the victim easily.
He added , “ I buried it and took his ATM card to some fraudsters .
I gave it to someone who hacked the account and stole N 2 . 2 m .
I had trouble with Yusuf because he and his gang members wanted to cheat me .
“ I stayed in several hotels in Ore and Benin City and spent nice time with women .
My friend ’ s spirit started disturbing me .
Whenever I wanted to sleep, his spirit would appear to me and he would be crying. I regret my actions now . ”
One of the arrested accomplices, Ogbonnaya, 29 , said he only helped to transfer N 1 m from Nwachukwu ’ s account through one Alhaji in Lagos who collected N 400 , 000 as his commission .
Ogbonnaya, a native of Arochukwu in Abia State and graduate of computer science , said he used a money transfer app to perfect the fraud.
He stated , “ I sell electrical materials in Aba . Some friends brought an ATM card to me and asked me to help them withdraw money with it .
I used the card to make a purchase and used the authentication number to credit my paystack wallet with the card .
“ I took just N 1 m from it and contacted my friend who lives in Lagos .
He linked me up with one Alhaji who gave me his account .
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He took N 400 , 000 as his commission and the remaining N 600 , 000 was sent to the friends who brought the card through Tony .
“ It was on July 3 , 2020 that I was arrested.
Tony had called me for another deal unknown to me that he was with the police .
I was arrested when I showed up . ”
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