Police Picks Chinese Businessman, Accomplice for Attempted Assassination
Chinese businessman, Mr Sun Ku and his accomplice, Chika Eze, a Nigerian were at the weekend arrested ny the Police for allegedly plotting the assassination of a business associate over some financial misunderstanding.
Ku was paraded at the Lagos Police Command Headquarters at Ikeja. He was alleged said to have contracted the assassination of his business partner to Eze, at the cost of N1.4million. Eze however allegedly ceded the job to two other persons for execution..
Following a tip off to the police by one of those contracted, detectives swooped in and first arrested Eze at Lagos Island before rounding up all the other parties based on Eze's confession.
Police preliminary investigations was said to have further shown that Eze had already paid two of the assassins N400, 000 as a part payment before they were arrested in the room while they were engaging in a blood oath of secrecy.
Ku, who was earlier reluctant to speak with journalists later opened up, saying the money was not to kill his business associate, rather for charms to be prepared for him.
He said, "I deal with footwears and this man (the target of assassination) bought some from me. I did business with him many years ago. In fact, in 2011, I called the police to arrest him but he ran away.
" He was owing me about N4million. Later he took me to court but I was away in China. I came back to hear that the court judgement was that I owe him money. It's not true. He is the one that owes me money.
"He kept on telling people that he will kill me. Since I didn't want him to kill me, I contacted Eze and told him to tell me the way out. The plan was to use charms and not to kill him."
Eze in his confession said the Chinese was his boss, thus he had no choice but to obey him when he narrated his problems to him.
He said, "When he told me to get people to kill the man that owes him money, I brought in two boys and paid them N400,000."
Confirming the arrest, the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the police were able to recover the remaining N1million from the suspect after he had paid N400,000 to the executors.
Owoseni, who said business misunderstandings are better resolved through dialogue and not assassination, added that the issue between the Chinese and his associate could have been resolved without resorting to criminality.
He said, "The Chinese was arrested for attempted assassination. The suspect, a businessman, had a misunderstanding with one of his Nigerian business partner and he thought the best way was to eliminate the fellow.
"He contacted a fellow and told him to recruit more people. He paid him N1.4million. It was in the course of the suspect's (Eze) attempt to recruit more people for the operation that the police got the information.
" The police moved into action and arrested them as they were about taking an oath of secrecy. We are yet to contact the Chinese embassy because investigations are still ongoing."