Nigeria: Police arrests man for murder of taxi driver in Benin

The Osun State Police Command has captured a suspected murderer, Abass Adio, aged 36, for the murder of a taxi driver in Benin City, Nigeria.

The Osun State Police Command has captured a suspected murderer, Abass Adio, aged 36, for the murder of a taxi driver in Benin City, Nigeria.

The suspect claims to be a doctor in one of the hospitals in Kwara.

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Yemini Opalola, the Command spokesperson, while speaking in Osogbo, stated that Abbas was captured in the Osun along the road of Ejigbo/Ogbomosho after they received a distress call from the Edo state police command.

She also said that a white Toyota Camry was recovered from him.

After a distress call was received from the Edo State Police Command who said that a Toyota Camry car was robbed from Benin and tracked to Osun State, the Police Command immediately put a security mechanism in place, and the said vehicle was intercepted along the road of Ejigbo/Ogbomoso while the occupant was arrested.

During the initial investigation, the accused claimed to be a medical doctor in one of the hospitals in the Kwara State of Nigeria.

The suspect travelled from Kwara to Benin in Edo State around July 2022 and met Emmanuel Oyiobo, a taxi driver who was driving him for the days he stayed in Benin.

After that, the suspect and the deceased became good friends, exchanged phone numbers, and have been in touch since then.

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The suspect told his friend, the victim, that he wanted to sell his car and decided that the suspect should bring the vehicle to Benin, where it was sold for one million four hundred thousand nairas only (N1.4 million).

During his stay in Benin after selling his vehicle, the suspect injected something in his friend (deceased) with a substance which was suspected of having killed him on September 3, 2022.

He then dumped his dead body in a nearby bush and escaped with his white Toyota Camry muscle.

Opalola said that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.

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