ONE OGBAIRE, a business man, has been arrested as the prime suspect in the murder of his business associate, identified as Lawrence Okoh. The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Celestina Kalu, who confirmed this said Ogbaire, was implicated by a shop owner in whose shop items belonging to the decease were allegedly found. According to the police, the shop owner when questioned about the items took the police officers to the Ogbaire who claimed had supplied them to him. According to eyewitnesses, the deceased and father of twins had left his Port Harcourt business outfit on August 2 to supply generator spare parts to a customer in Warri. Earlier that day, the deceased was said to have 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 decided to contact 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. Thereafter, the police raided the spare parts market in Warri where the wife was able to identify some of the parts her husband had left with on the fateful day. Elaborating on the matter, 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.
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