How I killed my friend –Sus­pect

Daily Trust - - CRIME - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Ngbede Omale, a na­tive of Agatu in the Ido­mas­peak­ing area of Benue State, is cur­rently help­ing the po­lice un­earth the real mo­tive be­hind his de­ci­sion to kill his friend and aban­doned the corpse in the bush.

The Benue State po­lice com­mand branded the sus­pect a rit­ual killer who op­er­ated in a syn­di­cate, but Omale told Daily Trust that he was not a rit­ual killer, say­ing he only killed his friend by mis­take.

“I fought with the guy (friend) in the farm af­ter a lit­tle ar­gu­ment that en­sued be­tween us, and he died. I just pushed him to the ground and he could not get up again. I tried to wake him up but he was dead, so I ran away. It was ac­tu­ally a mis­take,” Omale said.

The sus­pect fur­ther ex­plained that he left the corpse of his friend, whose name was given as Agabaidu Omale, with­out bury­ing it and fled to Kwara State af­ter the in­ci­dent hap­pened in De­cem­ber last year.

How­ever, luck ran out on him when the po­lice, dur­ing a re­cent in­ves­ti­ga­tion, trailed the sus­pect to Ogidiga vil­lage in Kwara State where he was ap­pre­hended and brought to the po­lice head­quar­ters in Makurdi.

The com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Benue State com­mand, Paul Dibal Yakadi, who pa­raded the sus­pect along­side many oth­ers over var­i­ous crimes, noted that the case was trans­ferred from the area com­man­der’s of­fice in Otukpo af­ter one Ajums Moses of Ug­bokolo po­lice sta­tion re­ported the mat­ter in De­cem­ber last year.

The com­plainant was said to have stated that the sus­pect, who hails from Aila vil­lage in Agatu, came to her house and took away her son, Agabaidu Omale on his mo­tor­cy­cle. Ac­cord­ing to her, the mo­tor­cy­cle on which they rode was later seen but her son and the sus­pect were not seen.

Yakadi fur­ther dis­closed that some­time in March this year, the skele­ton of Agabaidu was found in the bush by a hunter, and that dur­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the sus­pect was ar­rested and he con­fessed to the crime.

The po­lice com­mis­sioner added that Omale is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the com­mand, af­ter which he would be charged to court.

Mean­while, Omale, who said that no­body, apart from a close ally, knew about what tran­spired be­tween him and the de­ceased, ex­pressed re­morse about the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent, say­ing that, “I feel very bad that I killed some­body. I fled with­out telling any­body ex­cept one of my


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