By Oladipupo Mojeed
Facts have emerged on how a middle-aged courier service personnel of popular e-commerce platform, Jumia, was killed on Saturday, March 25, by some customers who ordered a product from the company.
The dispatcher had gone to deliver products to customers living at No. 4, Adaede Street, off Ada George Road, by Location junction, Port Harcourt Rivers State, before he went missing.
He was said to have gone to deliver two i-Phones and a super bike worth about N500,000 at the above address to the duo of Sodienye Mbatumukeke, 28 and Excel Divine Naabe, 25.
As is usually the case when deliveries are made, owners of the item purchased are allowed to verify products brought and make payment either by cash or transfer.
However, the duo allegedly grabbed the deliveryman, tied his hands backwards, tortured him before dressing him with a robe and dumping him inside a septic tank in the compound.
Two days after the incident, suspecting strange movements in the area and bloodstains around the compound, the frightened residents and neighbours informed the police.
The state police command, reported to have swung into investigation on Monday afternoon, discovered the lifeless body of the courier personnel inside the septic tank.
They thereafter called the fire service officials who assisted them in evacuating the body.
Mbatumukeke and Naabe were immediately arrested, alongside a female suspect, Joy Eluwa, in connection to the incident. They are alleged to have robbed and murdered the courier personnel.
It was gathered that two of the suspects occupy a two-bedroom flat in the compound, which houses eight flats and each flat is rented for N500,000 per annum.
One of the suspects, Nabee, denied killing the man. He said he saw the victim on Saturday in the compound carrying packaged items.
“I snubbed him and went my way. When I returned, I saw blood stains in the compound but my friend warned me that if I speak, he would kill me and my family.”
The female suspect, Eluwa, said her mother was having financial challenges, which compelled her to visit her boyfriend for financial assistance before she was arrested.
The Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, who led other police officers to the scene, appealed to the public to always help the police fight crime by sharing useful information. He promised to flush out all criminal elements in the state.