21-year-old house help arrested, confesses to killing employer


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The Yobe State Police Command has arrested four suspects, including a house help, in connection with the killing of his employer, Hassan Abubakar, a staff member of the Damaturu Branch of United Bank for Africa (UBA).

ASP Dungus Abdulkarim,  the state Police Public Relations Officer, in a statement in Damaturu, named the suspects as: Umar Shaibu, 21; Tajjuddeen Taufiq, 20; Ismail Mohammed, 17; and Bulama Modu, 17, who are all residents of Damaturu.

According to the police spokesman, the alleged culprits were apprehended during a sting operation carried out by detectives of  the’B’ Divisional Police Headquarters.

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He said: “On July 23, 2021 at about 1130hrs a report was received from one Abubakar Musa, an employee of UBA Bank, Damaturu Branch, that the victim, one Hassan Abubakar, a co-employee, did not report for duty and all efforts to trace his whereabouts proved abortive.

“Consequently, detectives swung into action and his home and premises were searched and blood stains were observed on the floor with some iron rods covered with blood, probably used in the commission of the offence.

“On July 24, 2021 the principal suspect, Shaibu, who happened to be the house help of the victim, was arrested while he was carting away valuable items from the victim’s house,” Abdulkarim explained.

“Upon interrogation, he confessed to the crime, stating that on July 22, 2021, he and three other suspects attacked the victim in his house at Red Bricks Housing Estate in Damaturu.

“They robbed him (deceased) of money but ended up killing the victim, buried the corpse in the compound and fled.

“On the next day, July 23, 2021, they began to sell the property until they were eventually nabbed by the police, which led to the arrest of the three other suspects,” Shaibu said.

Abdulkarim said the suspects would be charged to court after further investigations.

He further said that “the Commissioner of Police,Yahaya Abubakar expresses his sadness over the acts of the culprits, condoles with the family of the deceased and assures them of justice.”

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