Men of the Lagos state command of the Nigeria Police Force on Friday effected the arrest of a Chinese expatriate, Mr Sun Hun, for allegedly recruiting mercenaries to assassinate his Nigerian business partner.
The Chinese businessman was arrested in Lagos Island after police operatives nabbed one Chika Eze, whom he paid N1.4 million to hire killers.
It was gathered that Chika had secured the services of two men whom he paid N400,000 to carry out the task, but the police got wind of the plans and swooped in on them Thursday afternoon, while they were taking an oath of secrecy.
Confessing to the crime, Eze said the Chinese discussed the cost of the assassination with the other two guys, adding that his role was to hire them.
“He is my boss. He told me to arrange boys to kill his business partner who owes him money. He discussed the amount with them and then gave me N1.4 million. I had already given them N400,000. That was why the police found one million Naira on me,” said Eze.
The Chinese, who claimed to be an importer of footwear, said he only told Eze to recruit boys who would do “juju” against the man.
He said the unnamed business partner owed him over N4million for many years.
“He refused to pay my money. He went to court when I was not around and claimed that I owed him N10 million. He got a judgment against me and the court said I should pay.
“He is an Igbo man and I did not ask them to kill him. I told them to do ‘juju’ against the man,” Hun said.
While confirming Hun’s arrest, the Lagos state commissioner of police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, urged residents to adopt peaceful approaches to resolving conflicts. He added that the sum of N1m recovered from Eze will be used as exhibit in court.