A 26-year-old man, Abubakar Abdulrahman, now cooling his heels at Bompai Police Headquarters in respect of the death of a prominent Yoruba leader in Kano, Chief Ganiyu Akanbi, aged 84, last July, painted a gory picture of how he gruesomely stabbed the former octogenarian to death.
Speaking while being paraded, the suspect said: “I was forced to move against him when it became evident that he would recognise me, since he was my boss.”
The murder of the prominent Kano-based Ibadan businessman shook the Yoruba community in Kano when it occurred on July 5 , Vanguard reports.
“I was not under influence of alcohol but principally wanted to steal money because I needed money. I had no option than to kill my former boss with a knife because he dismissed me from service some years back,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Commissioner of Police Aderenle Shinaba, said: “You will recall that on June 5 2014, the command received information that Alhaji Ganiyu Akanbi Bello was brutally murdered at his Race Course residence, Nasarawa GRA, Kano.
“Luck ran out on the culprit when he was arrested in his home at Badawa Quarters, Kano State. He was arrested after some clues were found at the scene of the crime.”
In a related development, the Commisioner of Police said the command also arrested three suspects, Abubakar Umar, Aliyu Adamu and Mohammed Inuwa, who were impersonating the Police in Kano.
He said: “The suspects ‘arrested’ an unsuspecting person along Ibrahim Taiwo Road and labelled him a terrorist, threatening to take him to ‘their office’ if he did not settle them.
“In the process, they collected N1.3 million from him. They played the same trick on another victim and collected N500,000 but the impersonators were subsequently arrested and identified by their victims.
“They made confessional statements and mentioned three others, now at large, as members of their syndicate.”