Ugochukwu Nwosu, a senatorial candidate for the Abia-North constituency in the 2015 general election under the umbrella of All Progressives Congress (APC), has been murdered by a suspected robber in his residence at Shakiru Oleko Street, Agric, Ikorodu in Lagos.
Mr. Ugochukwu died in the private hospital where he was rushed to for treatment after the lone intruder stabbed him in the abdomen. According to reports, Ugochukwu was stabbed by an intruder who broke into his apartment.
The victim with the help of his driver, Obinna, was able to apprehend the suspect and hand him over to the police.
Obinna said he and his boss were awoken by the sound of falling crates around 3 am on Thursday, December 1.
He said, “On the day of the incident, my boss and I were the only ones at home. At about 3 am, we heard the sound of empty crates of drinks in the compound falling. My boss, who was still working on his laptop in the living room, decided to go out to check what was happening.
“The sound also woke me up, and I followed him. Shortly after, I heard sounds of two people struggling. I quickly ran out and behold; I saw my boss in a brawl with a man; he (Ugochukwu) was bleeding in his right hand.
“I joined him, and we overpowered, disarmed and tied up the intruder.
“Afterwards, I noticed that my boss was about passing out. I had thought he was bleeding only from his right hand, but I didn’t know that the intruder also stabbed him below the abdomen. I immediately drove him to a private hospital, but he had lost a lot of blood. He was later confirmed dead by a doctor.”
The suspect, who identified himself as Dolapo Olajiru, said he was a robber, adding that he was not hired to kill Mr. Ugochukwu, only trying to make ends meet.
“That night, I was walking around to identify a house to rob when I saw the honourable’s house, and I scaled the fence. I landed on some empty crates which also fell. The sound alerted the owner of the house, and I heard a door open. I immediately hid behind the crates” Olaniru said.
He added that he had been a bus conductor but the last three months has been hard on him.
He said; “I have not had a vehicle to work with. In the process of waiting, a friend of mine, Ayo, introduced me to robbery. We are five in our gang and we usually rob houses in the Ikorodu area.
When we rob, we take away phones, money and valuables that we can lay our hands on. We do not have a gun; we only use knives to scare our victims.”
The deceased’s elder brother, Innocent Nwosu, described the late politician as a gentleman, saying he was shocked at the news of his death.
“We were preparing for our father’s 83rd birthday slated for December 29, 2016. He was the one piloting the whole arrangement and now he is no more.
“I really pray that our father survives the shock. This is a terrible loss to my family and the entire Abia State,” he added.
Force Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent of Police, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, saying it was a case of armed robbery and that the police is investigating the incident.
Ugochukwu who is also Harvard graduate had a first class degree in Chemical Engineer from the University of Port-Harcourt. He was killed at the age of 46.