‘Poverty Turned Me Into A Killer’

By Bola Kougbe


A man, Cephas Appaf, has reportedly killed a motorcyclist, Aniete Okon, and blamed his poor living condition at Ovia South-West, Edo State.

The 20-year-old rubber tapper, an indigene of Benue State, is said to have asked the unsuspecting victim for a ride on his motorcycle. He allegedly made a stopover on their journey where he retrieved a cutlass and hacked the latter to death.

It was learnt that the suspect fled with the deceased’s bike which he put up for sale. He was reportedly exposed by one of his potential buyers who suspected the motorcycle was not his.

Appaf, who was paraded Tuesday, by the State Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, alongside other suspects, denied any intention to kill the deceased and blamed his action on poverty.

“I did not plan to kill him; it was because of poverty. I took the motorcycle to another community to sell. But I could not sell it; it was identified as a stolen motorcycle”, he said.

Gwandu, who said the case was still under investigation also noted that the matter would be charged to court.

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