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Nigeria:Tenant kills, buries landlord in shallow grave in Niger


The police in Niger State have arrested 34-year-old man, Maaruf Sarki for killing and burying his landlord, Malam Tasiu Shittu in a shallow grave in Kontagora, Kontagora Local Government Council of the state.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Niger State Police Command, ASP Mohammed Abubakar disclosed this while briefing newsmen on efforts being made to rid the state of criminals.

The PPRO told journalists that, Sarki also stole the sum of N1.7 million from the decease including a yet to be registered Honda car and thereafter fled to a hideout in Sokoto where he was later smoked out and arrested by detectives.

“Sarki killed and buried late Alhaji Tasiu Shittu in a shallow grave inside an apartment that was rented out to him by the deceased in Kontagora”, the PPRO said, adding that 11 other kidnapping and robbery suspects are helping the police investigations.

The suspect who later informed journalists how he was contracted to eliminate his landlord by the deceased’s business associate for an agreed sum, the PPRO further explained has led detectives to the shallow grave he buried late Shittu and the body had been exhumed for autopsy.

Sarki said, “He was hired to kill his landlord by a business associate at the cost of N2 million. He also claimed that he administered local herbs to poison his victim.”The suspects, who however told journalists that the said business associate is nowhere to be found said, “I used local medicine to kill the man and buried him inside the house which I rented from him. I was hired to kill him by one of his business associates. I regret the action.”The police also paraded one, Mr. Ayuba John who specialised in fabricating local firearms linked to a five-man robbery and kidnapping gang who had been terrorising citizens of the state in recent times.

He said, “I used local herbs to kill the man. I buried him inside the house which I rented from him. I was hired to kill him by one of his business associates. I regret my action.”

However, the business associate was said to be on the run.

The police also paraded one Ayuba John, who allegedly specialised in producing firearms for a five-man robbery and kidnapping gang in the state.

According to the police, the gang was involved in many cases of robbery and stealing of motorcycles in the Lapia area of the state.

The police spokesperson said the gang recently stole a motorcycle from one Alhaji Dingi Bako and collected N400,000 from the victim after threatening to kidnap him.

Culled from Independent Nigeria

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