A student union leader at Baze University, Abuja, Awwal Umar, has been murdered by his friend, Abdullahi Bello, and a spiritualist, Lawal Saleh, over N7m the deceased lent to Bello.
Bello was said to have lured Umar, 26, who just got married, to Katsina State, where he was attacked and killed by some hoodlums who hid in a bush to carry out the dastardly act.
Parading the two suspects on Thursday in Abuja, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, explained that Bello masterminded the murder after he could not pay back the N7m loan he got from Umar.
According to him, Bello had earlier asked the spiritualist to hypnotise Umar to forget the money, but the charm did not work, as the student kept pestering him for his money.
He therefore resorted to planning how to kill Umar to avoid paying up the debt.
The CP said, “On the October 2, when Awwal was just 33 days married, he took his wife to the father in-law’s house and told them that he was going to Keffi Road to purchase Sallah ram.
“He left in the afternoon and by the evening, about 9.30 pm that day, he made his last phone call to his parents that he had bought the ram and he was coming back home. That was the last contact they had with him.
Inalegwu said that through diligent investigation, detectives got Umar’s phone log and made 12 arrests, adding that during interrogation, the spiritualist confessed that he and Abdullahi killed the student leader.
The CP said the Police had exhumed Umar’s corpse from the shallow grave where he was buried, noting that the body had over 36 lacerations.
He stated that Bello had repainted Umar’s car and converted it to his personal use, noting that he used the loan to build a house, which the police said they had also located.
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