This is a very sad story of Wisdom Nwachukwu and Moses Moses who were not only colleagues at a bottle water manufacturing factory in Auchi, Edo State, but they were close friends before money severed their ties.
It was Moses who allegedly deceived Wisdom and wickedly ended the relationship over N13 millon.
News reports learnt that Wisdom showed Moses a credit alert SMS of N13 millon that his brother who is based in South Africa sent him to execute a building project at their hometown somewhere in Imo State on his behalf.
While they were both on a night shift duty, Moses reportedly lured Wisdom to a deserted location around the factory, stabbed him to death with a knife, then ran away with his phone and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card.
Moses was reported to have taken the victim's phone and the ATM card to some Internet fraudsters in Auchi who helped him to withdraw N2.2 million from Wisdom’s account.
News correspondent gathered that Wisdom’s family became very worried when they did not see him and were unable to reach him on the phone.
Quickly, a case of missing person was immediately reported in a nearby police station and a petition was addressed to the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, who directed Intelligence Response Team to investigate the incident.
The IRT operatives were said to have tracked down some POS transactions Moses carried out with Wisdom’s ATM card to locations in Benin City, Ore and Auchi areas of Edo State and went in to arrest him in a hotel where he was hiding.
During the interrogation, Moses fully confessed to the crime levelled against him and went on to lead the operatives to arrest some of the Internet fraudsters; Tony Bright, Terence Okochukwu, Yusuf Sagiru and a businessman, Jahswill Ogbonnaya, who assisted him in withdrawing a total sum of N6m from the account.
Speaking with news reporters, the 27-year-old Moses, who hails from Auchi, said he committed the crime out of sheer greed, he also lamented that his friend’s ghost had been hunting him since he was killed.
In his confession, he said, “I work in a bottle water manufacturing company in Abely area of Auchi and I have been working in that company for over four years.
When Wisdom got a job in the same factory, I was the one who taught him how to operate some of the machines and we went on to become close friends."
“While we were working in the company sometime in January 2020, Wisdom told me about one of his brothers who lives in South Africa and how he has been sending money to him to execute a building project for him.
He showed me a credit alert of N13 million which his brother just sent to him and that he would be travelling to their village to carry out the project."
He said; "I was envious of him and decided to steal the money. I tricked him by finding out his phone password and went through his phone. I found his ATM card pin in it, and on January 8 when we were both on night duty, I lured him outside the factory and stabbed him with a knife.”
He added, “I buried his body, and took his ATM card to some fraudsters who hacked into the account and stole N2.2 million. I had trouble with one of the fraudsters whose name is Yusuf because he and his gang members wanted to cheat me.
I stayed in several hotels in Ore and Benin City and spent nice time with many women. My friend’s spirit has started disturbing me. Whenever I want to sleep, his spirit would appear to me and he would be crying. I totally regret my actions now.”
One of the arrested accomplices, Ogbonnaya, 29, said he only helped to transfer N1 million from Wisdom’s account through one Alhaji in Lagos who collected N400, 000 as his commission.
He said, “I sell electrical materials in Aba. Some friends brought an ATM card to me and asked me to help them withdraw money with it. I used the card to make a purchase and used the authentication number to credit my paystack wallet with the card.
“I took just N1m from the account and contacted my friend who linked me up with one Alhaji. The Alhaji took N400, 000 as his commission and the remaining N600, 000 was sent to the friends who brought the card.
“It was on July 3, 2020 that I was arrested. Tony had called me up for another deal unknown to me that he was with the police. I was arrested as soon as I showed up.”
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