A 35-year-old labourer, Michael Agbero is currently cooling his heels in the custody of the Edo State Police Command for allegedly killing his colleague at a building site in Benin City.
The incident happened on September 7th in the New Etete area of the state capital.
The suspect, reports say, who is a Togolese co-opted his now-deceased friend, Maharazu Umar to execute a construction work in the building.
After the work was completed, Agbero directed his colleague, Maharazu Umar to wash the shovel.
Umar was said to have refused to wash the shovel which led to an argument between the two of them and Agbero hit him with a hammer.
The victim, it was gathered, was abandoned in the pool of his blood by his colleague after the attack.
The landlord of the building was said to have asked Agbero about his friend when he was leaving the premises.
In response, Agbero told the landlord his colleague had left earlier.
The landlord’s wife, however, was shocked when she discovered the bleeding corpse of the laborer as she went to inspect the work done.
The owner of the house, one Clement Obagbinoko was said to have swiftly reported to the police station in charge of the area prompting the arrest of the suspect.
Reacting to the incident, the Spokesman of the Edo State Police Command, SP Chidi Nwanbuzor said one Clement Obagbinoko, reported at the Etete Division, Benin City that he employed the services of the suspect to assist him in carrying out construction works in his compound as the suspect later brought the deceased who assisted him to do the job.
“When they finished, he was paid and he was asked the whereabouts of Umar, he replied that he had left but while Clement’s wife was inspecting the job at about 7 pm, she found Umar’s dead body in the pool of blood within the compound. They immediately called the suspect to come to the house and he was arrested,” SP Chidi stated.
He added that the deceased had been deposited in a mortuary as the suspect would soon be charged accordingly.
On his part, the suspect explained that “after our work, I asked him to wash the shovel, but he said he wouldn’t do it and, in the process, we started quarrelling. He picked up a cutlass but I quickly used a hammer to hit him on his head because he would have attacked me with the cutlass.
“When I hit him, he fell and I left him there. But I now regret hitting him with a hammer that he is dead.”
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