A 38-year old plumber, Daniel Isaac has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for strangling his landlord and throwing his body into an open septic tank within their compound at Ijegun.
The suspect claimed that a strange spirit came over him and he pounced on his 50-year-old landlord, known as Don Able who is from Rivers State.
Isaac was arrested by the police in a stop and search at Ibah division with his accomplice, Emmanuel Chukwu, 36 while taking the landlord’s car to a buyer.
While confessing to the police, the suspect said, “My landlord whom I call Don Able was a very unassuming good man. He is from Rivers state and sells cars. He is not living with his family in the compound. That morning around 7.30am, I gripped him, overpowered him and strangled him to death. I then threw the body into the open septic tank inside our compound.
“After that, I called Emmanuel Chukwu who was earlier introduced to me as a car dealer. He came and we contacted another man called CY who brought the number plate we fixed in the car, a Toyota Camry, blue in colour, and drove off to look for a buyer. We were arrested at a police check point in Ibah. CY took to his heels when they stopped us but two of us were arrested.”
While giving further details, the suspect told Crime Guard; “I feel so sorry for killing my landlord. He was a good man and very friendly with his tenants.”
The suspect further said, “When I held him, we struggled but I overpowered him because that bad spirit in me is very strong. It makes me very powerful. The spirit use to tell me to take my life. It also makes me feel like taking my life. Once, it asked me to set myself on fire and throw myself into the open septic tank inside the compound. It started tormenting me in my village when I was 14 years. It has defied every cure.
“Sometimes, it will turn me into a madman. Its a black, strong, huge figure and it makes fire come from my eyes when it comes upon me. It usually torments me early in the morning or when the sun is at its peak. I attacked my landlord when other tenants had left for work because they normally leave very early in the morning. I am the fourth in a family of seven from Abaobubu in Ekwulobia, Aguata in Anambra state. The police recovered the body of my landlord from the septic tank after the spirit left me at their station while they were questioningme.”