A fugitive taxi driver, Sikiru Lamidi, who allegedly murdered Nigeria’s former ambassador to South Africa, Ngam Nwachukwu, on November 24, 2016 has been arrested by detectives from Apo Divisional Police Station, Abuja after he was tracked down.
Lamidi, who hails from Oyo town in Oyo State, was nabbed last week at his home town, where he was hiding after selling killing Nwachukwu and stealing his Lexus SUV, with Abuja registration number, YAB 938 MC.
The police also recovered the vehicle which he had sold, with forged documents, to one Femi Adeyemi.
According to Northern City News the deceased, 75, got to known the man, who allegedly killed him, when he chartered the suspect’s cab on November 23, 2016 and while he drove him around, Nwachukwu informed him about his car which had mechanical trouble.
Lamidi had reportedly offered to take the ex-envoy to his brother, a mechanic, who he said could fix the car and it was agreed that Lamidi should come to the ex-ambassador’s house the next day.
The accused visited Mr. Nwachukwu at his residence at Villa Nova Estate, Apo the following day and met him alone. The deceased lived alone, and his security guard, who doubled as an electrician, was also not in the house when Lamidi showed up.
Police investigators said that Nwachukwu offered the driver some food as they sat across the dinning table, but he refused.
“As the man was eating, the suspect pounced on him and wrestled him to the floor and then stabbed him in the neck with a pair of scissors. He stole the plasma television and home theatre in the apartment and went away with the deceased’s Lexus SUV which he sold for N1.480m to one Femi Adeyemi with forged documents,” an investigator said.
Lamidi later told the press after his arrest on Thursday at the Apo Divisional Police Station that he did not know what came over him, saying that he just found himself stabbing the septuagenarian until he died.
“After stabbing the man, I felt terrible and guilty but there was nothing I could do to reverse the situation,” he said.
Lamidi said he sold the TV and home theatre audio system to a seller of fairly-used products at Area 10, Abuja for N38,000 but kept the SUV in Sauka Village along Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road for two weeks before driving it to Oyo town.
The accused also told his interrogators that he gave the SUV to one Okuta, who assisted him in forging the vehicle documents and that he compensated Okuta with N380,000 after he sold the vehicle.
“Out of the remaining N1.1m, I bought a motorcycle for N180,000 and invested N500,000 in a cooperative society; I gave a car dealer N500,000 to assist me in getting a car, but he defrauded me and didn’t provide any vehicle,” he narrated.