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Ex soldier murders businessman for N1million



A police officer has narrated how a former soldier was contracted by a businessman to kill his rival for N1million.

Mr Joseph Gambo, a prosecution witness and Inspector of Police, on Tuesday confirmed in an FCT High Court Gudu, the confessional statement made by Bulus Monday in the murder of Mr Ozioko Onyebuchi.

Gambo, the police officer who recorded the confessional statement in 2014, told the court during cross examination that the defendant was calm when he made his confession.

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He said when the military handed over the defendant to the police, he confessed to the murder of Onyebuchi in 2014.

The witness said the defendant asked him to record his statement while he narrated it orally in an open office with other police officers present.

The witness added that he read the statement over to the defendant who signed, while he countersigned.

Monday, 27, a dismissed military man, is facing a two-count charge of allegedly committing culpable homicide punishable with death.

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The defendant was arraigned in court alongside his accomplice, Donatus Ejike, 34, who allegedly abetted the crime, while the third accomplice, Kevin Emmanuel is still at large.

The prosecutor, Mr Taiwo Malik had disclosed that Monday, in his confessional statement, said that he was approached and contracted by the first defendant, Donatus Ejike to murder the victim.

He said Ejike had promised to pay Monday one million naira to murder Onyebuchi, according to his confessional statement.

Monday said Ejike told him that he is a businessman, that Onyebuchi was blocking his chances with a white man, and wanted him to kill Onyebuchi.

Monday said he stabbed Onyebuchi on the stomach with a knife which led to his death.

The prosecutor had so far called ten witnesses, tendered exhibits in court, including the confessional statements of the defendants, photograph of the deceased as well as medical report.

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He said the offence was punishable with death under Section 221 of the Penal Code.

Justice Abubakar Talbar adjourned hearing until Nov.14 for trial-within-trial.

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