June 18, 2024

The Delta State Police Command has arrested four suspects over the murder of a 30-year-old businessman, Dominic Uguru and his friend, Jagbo. 

The incident occurred on Wednesday night, November 16, 2022, along NDDC road in Sapele area of the state. 

Uguru, an electronics dealer was at home with Jagbo when the four suspects, Bright Osifo, (23), Goodness Obade,(30), Obunwa Kasim,(25), and Ogadinma Francis (27) broke into his house at about 11pm and demanded the sum of one million naira from him. 

It was gathered that Uguru could only transfer thirty six thousand naira hence they killed him and his friend. 

Spokesperson of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, who confirmed the arrest in a statement on Sunday, November 20, said that the prime suspect, Ogadinma Francis confessed that he conspired with the other suspects and killed Uguru for refusing to pay him for a job done. 

“Following report received by the DPO Sapele Division from a distress caller (name withheld), that on 16/11/2022 at about 0900hours, he discovered that his landlord named Uguru Dominic ‘m’ aged 29yrs and his male friend name and address not known were found dead in the bathroom, suspected to have been murdered by unknown persons, and that the suspect made away with the victim’s Toyota Corolla car with Reg no. ABJ 271 white in colour,” the statement read. 

“The DPO detailed detectives to unravel the mystery behind the deaths. Consequently, the team swung into action, embarked on an intelligence led investigation which led to the arrest of one Ogadinma Francis A.K.A “Gentle”, aged 27yrs and the deceased’s vehicle recovered from him,”

“Suspect confessed that he did a filling job for the deceased and after working for him, he refused to pay him the agreed amount. The suspect also stated that he conspired with his friends to commit the crime.

“Acting on his confession, the three accomplices namely, Goodnews Abaje ‘m’ age 30yrs, Obunwa Kasim ‘m’ age 25yrs and Bright Osifo ‘m’ age 23yrs were arrested.W

“They stated that the initial plan was to rob the victim, they tied them up till about 4:30am and then forced him to transfer the sum of thirty-six thousand naira (#36,000) to one of the suspect’s account.

“They further stated that they decided to kill both of them because they felt the victims recognized them and will report them to the Police.

“The Commissioner of Police Delta State, CP Ari Muhammed Ali FCIA, PSC+ has directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal investigation department for further investigation,”

Meanwhile, a source who claim to be Dominic’s friend and begged not to be mentioned told Vanguard that his late friend had just returned the previous day from Lagos where he had gone to stock his shop when the assailants strucked.

He lamented that maybe if Dominic had not gone to stock his shop, he would have given the assailants the one million naira and probably saved his life and that of his friend. 

“Dominic and Ogadinma are from the same community in Ebonyi State and it was Ogadinma who invited the others to town to attack Dominic and his friend that night, and when he could only transfer thirty six thousand naira rather than the one million naira they demanded from him, they killed him and his friend and dragged their bodies to the bathroom,” the source said. 

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