Residents of Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area, LGA, of Delta state have been thrown into mourning after the shallow grave of an indigene, Lawrence Okoh, was discovered.
Okoh, a father of twins, was reportedly murdered by his associate businessman, identified only as Ogbaire.
On August 2, the deceased had left his Port Harcourt business outfit to supply generator spare parts to a customer in Warri.
The deceased had, earlier that day, sent a text message to his wife that he would not make it back to Port Harcourt and that he would pass the night with his customer in Warri.
However, days passed and Okoh was not reachable on phone so his wife was said to have contacted the customer, who claimed that he he had not seen the deceased for over a period of time.
The deceased’s wife reported the matter to the Delta State Police Command and the police declared him missing, after raiding the spare parts market in Warri where the wife was able to identify some of the parts her husband left with on the fateful day.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the report to newsmen on Thursday, said the shop owner, where the parts were found, took the police to the person who supplied them and the suspect turned out to be Ogbaire, who had earlier denied seeing the deceased.
Kalu said Ogbaire confessed to the police that he murdered Okoh and buried him in a shallow grave in an uncompleted building in order not to pay him the money for the spare parts he supplied him.
“The principal suspect had been arrested, after taking the police to the shallow grave.
“Okoh’s decomposing body has been exhumed and released to the family in Ubulu- Uku for burial.
“Ubulu-Uku, Okoh’s hometown, has been thrown into mourning.
“The suspect also confessed that he committed the act with another person,” the PPRO said, noting that investigation is still ongoing.