28th October, 2013
Two lovebirds simply identified as Nnaemeka and Nkechi, have been arrested and detained by the Delta State Police Command for allegedly poisoning ç to death and collecting the N200,000 in his pocket.
Kingsley, a 23-year-old sculptor, was allegedly contracted for N300,000 by a woman whose name was given simply as Madam Joy, to carry out decorative designs on her newly constructed building located at Umunede, in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was disclosed that the deceased, who was given N200,000 advance payment for the contract, invited the male suspect, Nnaemeka, said to be his friend and colleague, to join him in the project.
According to Jerry Opute, cousin of the deceased who spoke to P.M.NEWS on the issue, trouble started when the suspects persuaded the late sculptor to have a drink with them.
“We learn that on that fateful day, Nnaemeka asked Kingsley to join him and his girlffriend who came to visit them at the site for a drink at a nearby beer parlour.
“According to the woman who operates the beer parlour, the suspects persuaded Kingsley not to have their drink at the beer parlour but to take it to the site.
“The owner of the building informed us that when several calls she made to Kingsley went unanswered, she decided to visit the site. But that close to the site, she met Nnaemeka and Nkechi leaving in a hurry, and on her inquiry, they told him that Kingsley was at the site but drunk.”
Not satisfied with what she heard, it was gathered that Madam Joy asked the lovebirds to take her to where Kingsley was. She was however shocked when she saw the deceased lying dead on the ground in his own vomit.
The building owner who doubted that Kingsley died from drinking just one bottle of Legend Extra Stout, raised alarm which led to the arrest of the lovers.
According to sources, the suspects later confessed to poisoning the drink bought by the deceased, and that they ensured that he drank the entire content of the bottle, and watched him die in his vomit, after which the collected all the money in his pocket and switched off his mobile phone before leaving the site.
Delta State Police Command’s spokesman, Lucky Uyabeme could not be reached on his mobile phone for comment as it was not available.