A Lagos High Court heard on Tuesday that the chief executive officer of FIRMAN Generator Company Ignatius Odunukwe offered his assailants money and property.
Two prosecution witnesses testified in the case against the defendants Daniel Ibeaji, Uzor Arinze and Cletus Solomon who are facing charges of conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and murder.
Lagos State Government said that the accused persons killed the businessman while pretending to buy a property from him.
During Tuesday’s proceedings, Olayemi Shofolu entered appearance for prosecution, C.J. Jiakponna represented the first and second defendants while A.O. Ogusanya represented the third defendant.
The first witness was Adam Odunukwu the deceased’s nephew and lawyer while the second witness was Eugene Odunukwe, a cosmetics businessman and younger brother of the deceased.
Eugene testified that the second and third defendants had, in his presence, confessed to killing his brother by hitting him with an object on the head.
“They hit my brother with a strong iron on the back of his head, he was begging for his life, he offered them the property and even more money, yet they killed him,” he said.
Eugene added that the second and third defendants confessed that they cut the deceased into parts, put his body in a bag and threw it into a canal.
Justice Yetunde Adesanya remanded the defendants to a correctional facility and adjourned the trial to December 6.