Adamawa state police command has arrested two suspects identified as Habu Badiru and Auwal Lawan, for injecting and strangling a commercial tricycle rider, Algoni Goni.
The suspects reportedly injected Goni with an overdose of pentazocine to steal his new tricycle.
Recounting how they killed the deceased after boarding his tricycle, Badiru, 27, and Lawan, 26 said they forcefully held the rider and injected him with pento before dumping his corpse by the riverbank in Uba, in the Hong Local Government Area of the state.
“After killing Goni, I rode the tricycle to Mubi to sell it, but people refused to buy it due to lack of particulars. I then parked the tricycle at Mararaba Mubi.
“The following morning, I took the tricycle to Mubi for the second time to sell. I decided to call a buyer from Uba. But when he arrived, he asked me how I got the tricycle since he knew me to be a patent store operator.
“The man who came to buy the tricycle called the chairman of the tricycle riders association and informed him without me knowing it. The chairman and the prospective buyer were accompanied by a policeman, who told me I was under arrest.”
Confessing his own role in the tricycle rider’s death, Lawan said he got a call from Badiru on March 4. He said Badiru sought his assistance in killing the tricycle operator so he could raise N100,000 to settle a debt.
Lawan revealed that he only helped his friend to administer the injection, while Badiru strangled the victim.
The state police spokesperson, DSP Suleiman Nguroje said in a statement that the suspects would be charged to court at the end of investigations.