Chinese paid N1.4m to assassinate Nigerian partner —Police •It was for protective charm —suspect

A Chinese, names withheld, who allegedly sent hired assassins after his business partner, has been arrested by the police.

The China national, however, denied that he sent assassins after his business partner, insisting that the money that was paid to the suspected hired assassins was meant to help him prepare concoction that would protect him from being killed.

The police image maker in the state, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest of the Chinese and added that one of the hired assassins was also arrested by the police.

She identified the hired assassins as one Eze and added that the police in the state were on the trail of other members of the gang.

The Chinese, who was arrested by detectives of the State Criminal Investigations Department, had allegedly paid N1 million to the assassins to kill a partner.

Fatai Owoseni, the Lagos State police commissioner, said that the Chinese suspect and his accomplice were arrested after a tip-off on their plans to kill a Nigerian businessman.

“The contract sum of the assassination is N1.5 million out of which N1.4 million has been paid with a promise to balance up after the deed has been done.

“Both suspects have confessed to the crime with a sum of N1.4 million already recovered from them. Investigation is ongoing while police are on the trail of two other suspects now at large,” Owoseni said.

In his denial, the Chinese  said “I am a dealer in footwear, the partner is my customer whom I supply shoes to. He had refused to pay his debt. He even threatened to kill me. He has been owing me the sum of N4 million.

“The money I paid to the men I hired were for them to prepare me a powerful charm so that he won’t kill me. I did not plan to assassinate him, rather, he was the one planning to kill me.”