The long arm of the law has caught up with a yet-to-be named suspect now on the run who killed his close friend just to date the girlfriend whom he has a crush on.
Reports say the victim identified as Abraham Umaru, 28, was killed by suspected cult members at Cele bus stop, in the Ijanikin area of Lagos State.
The victim, according to reports was eating at his girlfriend’s mother’s bamboo restaurant when the gunmen invaded the place and shot him to death.
According to an eyewitness who declined to be named, the gunmen came in after Abraham had parked his vehicle to have a meal at the restaurant owned by the mother of his 17-year-old girlfriend Elo who was later arrested by police.
The witness said; “He was with his conductor and the owner of the commercial bus when one of the gunmen tapped him on the back. Another one pushed him and slammed his head against the wall. Then one of them put a gun to his head and shot him dead. Everybody ran away.”
The victim’s sister Aminat Umar said the news was broken to her by her late brother’s friend.
She said; “He said he was on his way home. About 10 minutes later, his best friend, Peter, rushed to our house, saying Abi had been shot at Cele bus stop and that his corpse had been taken to a police station.
“My mother and uncle ran to the Ijanikin Police Station, but were told that nobody was brought there. They went to a private hospital around Cele bus stop and were again told that the body was not brought to the hospital.
“The hospital workers said they should check the station. The police later admitted that he was there. I was told that his conductor and the owner of the commercial bus were in the cell,” she added.
Reacting to the incident, CSP Chike Oti, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer said four suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of Abraham.
Oti, however revealed that the deceased was set up by his friend who was obsessed with Abraham’s lover.
Oti said; “Abraham’s friend had a crush on the girl. It got to a point of obsession as he started talking to the man’s girlfriend to leave him. However, when he was not getting the desired cooperation from the girl, he set up his friend with some other guys, who killed him.
“The matter was reported at the Ijankin Police Station and immediately, the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, ordered the Divisional Police Officer to fish out the murderers. So far, the DPO has picked up four suspects, while the principal suspect, the one who had a crush on the girl, is still at large. We are on his trail and he cannot escape justice.”
RipplesNigeria… without borders, without fears