Police said two suspects were arrested.
A 28-year-old mobile phone recharge card vendor, Adamu Muhammed, of Agwan gayam community in Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State was killed and buried allegedly by his friends over his failure to pay a N500 debt, a family of the victim has said.
Confirming the incident, the Nasarawa State deputy police spokesperson, Cornelius Ocholi, said that two persons have been arrested over the attack.
A member of the victim’s family, Nuhu Mula, said Mr. Muhammed left his business premises after receiving an anonymous call to supply cards.
After failing to return for four days, Mr. Mula said the victim was declared missing by the family. The family was later informed by one of his friends, Ali Dauda, who confessed that he and three others had killed Mr. Mohammed.
Mr. Dauda was quoted as saying that Mr. Mohammed was set up through a call to come to Shendam Road in Lafia to supply recharge cards; where he was beaten before a knife was used to pierce his tummy.
“Adamu does not have a permanent shop, so they normally called him on phone to bring cards,” the family member said.
“He bought phone N4, 500 from Ali Dauda and gave him N4, 000 with a promise to balance him which he failed to do. So, it was around 8. 30 p.m. on that fateful day when this boy disguised on phone that he wanted to buy recharge cards worth of N5, 000.
“But because the person told him to bring the cards to Shendam road, he didn’t know that Dauda had arranged with three others. As he entered, he met the four of them and he was asked whether he could recognise Dauda and he said yes that he owed him N500 and he is ready to give him the money but before he could make further comment they started beating him.”
Mr. Malu said that “Mohammed was butchered to death and after that, they buried him at the back of an uncompleted building, it was after five days that we exhumed the corpse.”
The police said investigation into the killing had commenced.
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