A gang of suspected internet fraudsters has told the Nigeria Police Force why they killed Emmanuel Agundu, a Nigerian Bar Association chairman in Enugu.
The suspect gave details when they were paraded alongside other criminal suspects, by the Enugu State Police Command, according to Punch.
Kenechukwu Eze, a 39-year-old native of Amoli Edem in the Nsukka Local Government Area of the state, said Agundu was killed for withholding N18 million, the proceed of an internet scam which was paid into his account.
Agundu, who was the Udenu Local Government Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, was shot on August 15, 2018, by gunmen around 7 pm, but he survived the attack.
However, on September 2, 2018, he was trailed to Uru-Uwani Edem in the Nsukka Local Government Area around 2 pm and shot dead.
Although one of the gunmen was arrested and remanded in prison custody, Eze, a member of the five-man gang of Internet fraudsters based in Morocco, was apprehended on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, by the personnel of the Enugu State Police Command.
Suleiman Balarabe, the state Commissioner of Police, said Eze was arrested with the help of credible intelligence.
Balarabe said his arrest was part of the command’s efforts to rid the state of criminals.
“We are also striving towards reducing crime to its barest minimum through proactive measures without losing sight of the respect for human rights and the rule of law,” the police chief stated.
Eze confessed that his group killed the legal practitioner, adding that the person who shot Agundu had been arrested and remanded in prison.
He said, “I didn’t know the lawyer in person, but one of our members brought him to join us in the business. His job was to supply a bank account to pay the money we realised into.
“So, we paid a total of N18 million into the account he supplied and when we asked him to provide the money, he rebuffed us. Instead of making the money available for us to share according to our agreed formula, he started threatening to report the matter to security agents. That was why we decided to end it once and for all.
“I was arrested because of the death of that lawyer that we did a fraudulent transaction together. He spent N18 million and was killed because of that. The person, who shot him, is already in prison. We were five in number; Emmanuel Ebonyi, one Valentine and his younger brother, Agundu and I.
“It was an online business, but the barrister supplied the account that we paid into. We paid a total of N18 million into his account and he kept all the money.”