The Nigerian Police have arrested Abuja based website designer, Paul Ezeugo, who allegedly met a married woman on Facebook, dated her and later gruesomely killed her just to steal her Acura ZDX Sports Utility Vehicle.
The 27-year-old suspect dated Mrs Charity Chidiebere Aiyedogbon for about one year before he and his friend, Emmanuel Adogah, 28, murdered her on May 9, 2016 and stole her SUV, which has been recovered in Enugu where it was hidden.
In May 2016, Charity’s mutilated body was found stacked in two sacks at a river bank in Ushafa, a satellite community in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The FCT Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello, said, while parading the two men alongside other suspects in Abuja on Thursday, that Ezeugo has confessed to killing the woman, who he said was his girlfriend.
Bello said, “On June 1, 2018, police operatives attached to the Command Anti-Kidnapping Squad succeeded in arresting the principal suspect, one Paul Chukwujekwu Ezeugo, 27 years at Benin in Edo State.
“Upon his arrest, the principal suspect who has been at large since the lady’s disappearance, confessed during interrogation that the mother of four was his girlfriend and that he conspired with one Emmanuel Adogah and murdered her on May 9, 2016 at about 2330hrs at Kagini.
“According to Paul Chukwujekwu Ezeugo, he gave her excess alcohol to consume before he moved her from Yaoundé Street to Kagini area where she was butchered and her mutilated body packaged in two sacks that were later dumped by the river bank at Ushafa, in Bwari Area Council.
“He further confessed that he killed her because he wanted to take possession of her Acura ZDS SUV and other properties. The deceased’s car and some of her properties have been recovered from him.”
The CP added that Adogah, who he described as a habitual criminal, equally confessed to have participated in the commission of the heinous crime.
Ezeugo also admitted in an interview that he killed the woman with a cutlass, blaming greed for money and her SUV.
“I design websites for living; I was living with my uncle in Abuja when I met Charity on Facebook. On that day (May 9), I went out with her and we drank and she dosed off, so we carried her from the house to where we killed her.”
Asked why he murdered the woman, Ezeugo said, “It was the devil and greed. I was hoping to get her car. I dated her for one year but she didn’t give me anything, she told me she was a divorcee when we met,” the principal suspect said.
His alleged partner in crime, Adogah confessed that he assisted Ezeugo in carrying Charity into the vehicle, claiming she was half dead when he saw her.
He said, “Paul is my friend and so when he asked me to meet him in his house and as a friend, I went there, I never knew his intention, I never knew what he was up to. I assisted in carrying the body that was all. My only role was to help in carrying the woman, she was almost half dead when I met them.”
Despite being cheated by his late wife, the victim’s husband has vowed to assist the police in its investigations. According to him, notwithstanding Social Media blackmail, there is no justification in taking the life of another person.