Military Officers, Others Allegedly Cut Throat Of Tricycle Operator
Chikwado's throat was allegedly slit by a Military officer from the Nkwegu Cantonment in connivance with others.
He was tricked with 'special drop' for N6000 with the intention of snatching his tricycle.
His killers thought he was dead and abandoned him in the bush where he stayed for two days before he was rescued by residents of the area.
The alleged masterminds of the heinous crime include a military officer, Mr. Babangida Bello of the Nkwegu Army Barracks, Abakaliki. Others are a tricycle parts dealer of 63 Ogoja Road, and two others.
They allegedly cut the throat of Mr. Nwakpu a Keke operator and dispossessed him of his money and other valuables at Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi State.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Chikwado an indigene of Nwezenyi in Izzi local government area said he was hoodwink for a special drop by the officer who had been his regular customer at the sum of six thousand naira (N6000).
He said he was unaware that the military officer had connived with two other Hausa men and Mr. Ugochukwu, the tricycle parts dealer to kill him and make away with his brand-new tricycle.
Chikwado said he met the four men at Nkaliki junction by Afikpo Road in Abakaliki when they told him he should convey them to Ohaukwu area within 135 to supervise a building project.
He disclosed that he was directed through a track road at Ntezi junction by 135 and when they got to a secluded area, he was stopped by the men who requested for his key.
According to him, he threw the key away and tried to run, but he was immediately grabbed by the three men while the officer pulled out a dagger from his waist, cut his gullet and threw him into the culvert within the area.
"At Nkaliki junction, we were together with Mr. Ugochukwu. But immediately after hanging out, he left which gave me the impression that he had gone to his shop, not knowing he had gone to the vicinity of the incident and hid himself.
"After he found out that my throat had been slashed by the soldier, he then emerged boarded my keke together with others and zoomed off.
"I saw Ugochukwu clearly and he saw me too but why he did not bother about sighting each other was he had concluded that I will not survive it," he narrated.
Ebonyi State Police Command Spokesperson, ASP, Loveth Odah confirmed the report and stated that the crime was allegedly committed by a suspected soldier who tricked the victim.
Odah said Nwankpu was taken to 135 area where his throat was slit with jack knife and based on that Ebonyi Police Command had written to Nkwegu Military Cantonment, Abakaliki and was told that the accused person had been on break.
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