Friday, 2 December 2016

“I didn’t plan to kill him, it was poverty” Man arrested for hacking motorcyclist to death in Edo State

20-year-old Cephas Abbas from Benue State
has been arrested by the police in Edo
State for allegedly hacking a motorcyclist
identified as Aniete Okon to death in the
Ovia South-West Local Government Area of
the state.
In a bid to steal the victim’s motorcycle, the
suspect, a rubber tapper had asked Okon
to give him a ride to Benin City on
November 3.
On their way, he told the deceased victim
to make a stopover on the way near a
rubber plantation. Abbas picked a cutlass
and hacked Okon to death before fleeing
on the motorcycle.
His attempt to sell the motorcycle failed
after residents in the area, who suspected
that he must have stolen the property
alerted security operatives attached to an
agro-allied firm. He was handed over to
the police in the area.
In his confessional statement, Abbas said
he never intended to kill the man and
blamed his heinous crime on poverty.
“He took me on his motorcycle, and on our
way from Benin, I saw a cutlass at a
rubber plantation. Then I told him to stop,
take the cutlass and cut him in the neck. I
did not plan to kill him; it was because of
poverty. I took the motorcycle to another
community to sell. But I could not sell it; it
was identified as a stolen motorcycle. The
residents of the community said the
motorcycle was stolen and that they would
follow me to where I reside to verify the
ownership of the motorcycle. As we were
going, some security men stopped us and
the residents explained to the security men
that they suspected the motorcycle I was
riding did not belong to me. So, I was
taken to a police station. I regret what I
have done.”The State Police Commissioner,
Mr Halilu Gwandu, who paraded Abbas
along with other suspects on Tuesday,
November 29th, said the case was still
under investigation.