A suspected phone thief identified as Magaji Nasiru has been arrested by security operatives of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Nasiru allegedly killed a 22-year-old 100 level student of Veterinary Medicine, Precious Asso.
Precious, a Benue native, was said to have been killed after the suspect robbed her of her two phones – a Sony Express and Techno.
Precious, according to reports, was found in a gutter around 8pm on February 16, at 147 Nuhu Bayero Street, Area F Staff Quarters, ABU main campus.
Chief Security Officer of ABU, Colonel Jibrin Tukur (rtd), confirmed to newsmen that “there were indications to suggest that she died as a result of suffocation and maltreatment in the hand of the killer, who stole her two phones”.
Tukur said on the fateful day, “she left home in the evening to read at the faculty with other students. While on her way, a young man on motorcycle stopped and offered her a ride to the campus, unknown to her that the boy was a thief, who wanted to steal her phones- Sony Express and Techno”
“Initially, Precious declined the offer but her sister persuaded her to join him. As they approached the university gymnasium which is a lonely area, the boy stopped and attacked her, collected the two handsets and took off leaving her unconscious”
“A medical doctor working with a private hospital, who was passing by saw Precious in the gutter in critical condition and rushed her to a nearby private hospital. ` Unfortunately, after arrival at the hospital, Precious gave up”
“The doctor observed that Precious was assaulted by the killer because there were signs on her body. It was suspected that both struggled before the thief overpowered her and made away with her phones,’’ Turku said.
“We recovered a Tecno handset from him belonging to the late Precious, while her Sony Express phone was sold to a vendor according to Nasiru. He confessed to have assaulted Precious and stole the two handsets but denid killing her,’’ he disclosed.
He said the management of the institution had directed the medical department to carry out an autopsy to establish the cause of death but her parent rejected the idea and took the corpse to Benue for burial.
“Nasiru is awaiting trail, we can only charged him with armed robbery and confiscation of property, certainly we have lost the homicide angle at the moment,’’ he said.