Pension murder: How two sons killed lecturer dad…Over N45m retirement pay-off

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•Spare my life, suspect begs police

From Judex Okoro, Calabar

Tragedy struck the University of Calabar (UNICAL) community in Cross River State as Prof. Nathaniel Bassey was allegedly murdered by his sons over N45million pension pay-off. Investigations revealed that the late Prof. Bassey, 67, was allegedly killed by his two sons, Ekemini and Odiong, with the hope of collecting the amount. The duo, family sources said, had been having a running battle with their late father on finance, sometimes leading to disagreement and confrontation.

Ekemini, 25, was said to be a thorn in the flesh of his late father as he had been threatening to deal with him if he did not meet up with his financial demands. The source revealed that on several occasions, the son had made away with fat sums of money belonging to the late lecturer and warned him not to ever dare complain to anybody as it would be disastrous for the lecturer.

The development led to the late professor hiding so many documents from the son just as he never trusted the suspect with his bedroom key nor allowed him access to his office keys. The sudden change in character of Ekemini allegedly started when he was studying Economics at a university in Lagos where he joined a cult group and was expelled in year two while his brother, Odiong, did the same thing and was also rusticated. The two sons, who are dropouts have been making frivolous demands from the late Bassey even when they knew that he was not financially strong.

Prof. Bassey, the source noted, was said to have complained to some of his colleagues that his children were allegedly terrorizing and intimidating him into borrowing money to meet their demands in most cases and that was not going down well with him. Even at that, the two suspects were not satisfied as they discreetly plotted to eliminate their father, having learnt that he was about to collect his pension running into millions of naira. Penultimate week, Ekemini and his brother were said to have carried out their threat by allegedly killing their father.

They dropped a big knife beside him to create an impression that the professor committed suicide, out of frustration. However, luck ran out on the susepcts when after snuffing life out of their father, hired an ambulance to convey the corpse to Nsit Ubium, Akwa Ibom State for burial, while Ekemini was arrested by the security agents, his brother escaped. The security agents got wind of the murder through a tip-off by neighbours at the university staff quarters where the deceased lived and some staff of the Economics Department of the university.

The neighbours had suspected a foul-play when they started noticing unusual movement and arrival of ambulance at Prof’. Baasey’s residence and decided to rally round students to find out what happened just as they quickly alerted the school security for intervention. Eyewitnesses said the students and neighbours broke into Bassey’s residence, only to find him lying in a pool of blood with a knife beside him. Ekemini was said to have gone to his father’s office in the department and allegedly removed some vital documents to enable him process the pension benefits even when one of ‘Oga’s’ secretaries tried to stop him, knowing that his late father could not have allowed him access to his office.

As at Press time, Ekemini was being interrogated at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Calabar, for his role in the murder. In a telephone chat with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Simon James Utsalo, over the death of Prof Bassey, a retired lecturer in the Economics department, he said: “Well, we cannot comment on the matter because it is a criminal case and police are handling it, so, we are still awaiting the official report. Besides, the autopsy report is not out; when it is out, we will now know what killed him.”

The officer-in-charge, Homicide unit, SCID, Mr. Joseph Inuyashi and the state command’s spokesman, Mr. John Umoh, told newsmen that they are still investigating the incident just as they are still haunting for one of the sons, Odiong, who is on the run. Police sources said that Ekemini had allegedly confessed during interrogation that they stabbed their father three times on different parts of the body and stuffed his mouth with old newspapers so that he will not shout in the process. Pleading not to be killed, he was said to have confessed that they got some clues that their father who was teaching on contract after his retirement was about to be paid benefits and gratuity of N45 million and decided to kill him so that the money would be paid to them as the next of kin.

One of Ekemini brothers, who does not want his name in print, told our reporter on phone: “I was not surprised that he killed our father because he has been a bad son for a while even when our daddy tried everything possible to manage him. “Ekeminin was sent to a university in Lagos to study Economics and he went and joined cult and was expelled in year two, while Odiong did the same thing. So, their nefarious activities did not start today and they have ended it up killing our father. I urged the police to kill them because they will still come out and do the worst,” he alleged.

Pleading with the school authorities to look into their plight, he said they are nine children and their father is the only breadwinner. At the staff quarters where the late professor lived all the while, the residents are worried at such ugly development, and urged the school to beef up security as well as review allocation of quarters. Some of Bassey’s colleagues argued that students, which indeed are a security threat, illegally occupy most of the houses at the staff village. Daily Sun gathered that the body had since been deposited at the mortuary while burial arrangements have not been released.

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  1. Prodigal sons are always on the prawl in most families. But this is indeed a pathetic one. After the prof. have labored to see them through school but they followed the other way round. God shall never loose sight over them until justice is met

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  3. Devilish children. When such behaviours started manifesting in them, the parent should have taken them to the police to write an undertaking to maintain peace for a reasonable period of time and be reporting to station every month, most especially when they started threathening the father’s life. I have seen many homes that have done it as am suggesting and it paid up. May God help us. Amen.

  4. isaiah hunuato on

    what a breath taking incidence. End time indeed…
    The money that has not been paid has now caused those small devils to kill d person that fathered them & fed them right from d day they were born.
    Unbelievable to me. Spoilt children who abused the opportunity of having a father who could afford to send them to the university but ended up messing themselves up.
    Well, R.I.P prof.

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  6. Na wa o why people no de think self dis idiot wey de advertise 4 dis page fit kil im papa 4 money self o. rip sir

  7. something is awfully wrong on either side. their father can at least rest but i do not know whether in peace or in pieces. but the best the children can expect is to be killed. therefore, the highest punishment for them is to let live and stop them from dying until they become fathers too. perchance, their children would not only kill them but make some meal out of their flesh. to confirm this, ask their dead father how his own father died.

  8. how were these children that they could plan to kill their own father because of his retirement benefits. how wicked can these children be?

    • The Bible says “teach your child the way to follow and he will not depart from it” in most cases, parent are always to be blame for some the situations like. Who knows which god they approached before they have these children. Most profs are to busy to even have time for their children; evertime is either one research or the other; they so clued to their academic at the detriment of their family. The reporter never mention the prof’s wife. What happened. This is a lesson to parents. Teach, Teach, Teach them earlier

  9. I blame the children for what they have done bt what kinda hand did their dad use in bringing them up? Was he busy reading his books,acquiring all the certificates at the expense of his childrens upbringing? Was he the pampering dad? Was he like Eli in the bible? Spare the rod and spoil the child, thats the bible. This should serve as a warning to us singles and yet to be parents. Adieu Prof.

  10. This ibibio man cheat himself, why did you married an igbo lady for God sake? I heard that his wife is an igbo,no wonder,this stupid igbo lady send her children to kill their father so that they can inherite his wealth.Shegun innyamurai kawai!

    • Babanhumairah, you are a complete Tribalist. Why do you and your yoruba brothers hate the Igbos soooo much. your comments are always tribalistic and devilish. These people are not Igbos. Afterall, the policeman that killed his colleague in Ondo town is a Yoruba man, does it mk all of you murderers> U r full of shit

  11. The boys lack wisdom i will refers others out there that they should seek the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and every thing will be added to them. Now they killed their father lost out on the N45m Pension and may loss their lives . Proverbs 4: 1-27

  12. The Bible says “teach your child the way to follow and he will not depart from it” in most cases, parent are always to be blame for some the situations like. Who knows which god they approached before they have these children. Most profs are to busy to even have time for their children; evertime is either one research or the other; they so clued to their academic at the detriment of their family. The reporter never mention the prof’s wife. What happened. This is a lesson to parents. Teach, Teach, Teach them earlier

  13. This baba what or whatsoever, what has igbo woman to do with that,maybe u are drunk while reading, where did u read of igbo wife in the write up. U are the lazy type who envies the strenght and success of the igbo’s, most powerful and nice rich nation, to come

  14. I can not blame the dead,but all i know is that these boys have breached one of God’s ten commandements,thou shall not kill& committed patricide b4 we humans.I remember one of their likes in anambra state that also committed matricide.This is usually the consequencies of drug &bad company,RIP prof.

  15. babanhumairah, you are an illiterate mind, a tabula raser brain. .where in the piece did the story talk about IGBO WOMEN ? I’ m just wondering the kind of stark illiterate you are. IGBO women are the best women you can ever meet. Their beauty and wisdom cannot be denied. idiot blood sucker of a boko haram. uncircumcised islamic terrorist.

  16. I have grown to see evils in Nigeria , where police collect bribe and dump justice were lecturers sleep with student to pass them where judges collect bribe and look other ways ,WHAT do u think ? There children will be vagabond ……you sinners heed the word of GOD and turn from your wicked ways , police collect money from my accuser and allow him take what belong to me , do u think my accuser children will never do him same if he did not repent…my sympathy to the family but let check our life

  17. A Concerned Nigerian on

    Nigerian society is sinking on daily basis. Let the Christians amongst us rise up with the good news. There is hope for Nigeria, and the Hope is Jesus Christ. I know we have uncountable Churches in my country Nigeria, but sometimes I think people have not rejected Christ, they have just rejected the Christ in people. May this man’s soul rests in perfect peace.

  18. IN ONE OF THE SHKE SPARES WRITE UP, MACBETH MURDER DUNCAN IN A SLEEP, FROM THAT DAY MACBETH SLEEP NO MORE, SO IS THEIR CASE, THEY WILL SLEEP NO MORE.THE BLOOD OF THEIR FATHER IF AT ALL, HE IS THEIR FATHER WILL BE HUNTING THEM , THE WAY ABL BLOOD COUNTINUE TO HUNT CAIN IN THE BIBLE.HOPELSS BASTARDS.

  19. The prof killed himself long ago by not traing does boys in a responsible way, when a father starts to larvish money on kids dat is what he get even to the extent of borrowing.

    • I think you are foolishly idiotic in your comment and probably passive in understanding. From this story, these kids were sent to university and they joined cult there. They have brothers and sisters that are well behaved based on this report. Just pray that you have God fearing children that will not fall for peer influence.
      Or could it be he is not their biological father?

  20. Anyway,we can’t blame the dead bt,i am just woundering what could ve come over the proff that he could nt expose the treat to his life by his son to police before he was executed.Did proff was so afraid of his children that he allowed them to terminate his life,like chicken?am so sorry and full of shame for those children.Parent should learn to their child the way of God,they will not depart from it when they old.Those children are good to be executed publicly by firering squared.

  21. When people depart from part of fear God as the Bible aptly prescribed in prover 22 verse 6 train up a child in the par he should go and hen he is old he would not depart from it.There is no substitute to that God’s own way.Not even education has the panacea to evil influence.The way we make our bed so we lie on it.

  22. Society has a lot of influence on our children nowadays. Parents can only pray for God to give them well behaved children and not because you train them well.

  23. Only members of the babaric tribes that inhabit the regions south of the niger are capable of such crimes against their own.

  24. oh! may the gentle soul of this prof rest in the bosom of the lord. Will those son of his ever see peace in their lives? will they ever forget this story they have made about their own father? Oh! all the effort of this man about his sons have finally brought the end of his live on earth. I cnt imagine a child to pick a knife to stamp ur own father cuz of money. Can it be said that their aim have been achieve?
    Oh! i feel bad about this act of this fools that called themselves sons, i dnt know what to say abt this!

  25. babanhumairah, continue to swim in your ignorance, stupidity, foolishness and transfer them to your children if you will ever have.

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  27. Boko Haram y do every oda tribes hate igbo’s yet wil r far better dan all, did dis story attract any igbo name or state, c if 2 come into dis world again, i wil choose igbo cos wil r g8t, my prof may ur soul RIP, never allow dos son’s 2 go unpunish, let dem pay wit dere life.

  28. If you fail to catch them young, you lose them old!
    Jesus is the center peace of every home and should be so.
    Parents, lead your childen to Christ, by leading the way.
    Absence of Christ in a home, is the result we are seeing.
    It’s painful to die in the hands of one’s blood!

  29. All the people insulting one tribe or the other, did any of you choose the tribe to come from? So also is religion most didn’t choose to become Christian or Muslim just inherited. if you think your tribe or religion is better just thank your creator in your heart and leave others you think are unfortunate alone. A lot of things are really dividing us in Nigerian, the black and Arab Nations, its a pity.

  30. Money money money all d time. Why will they decides to cut d hands that feed them for their selfish reasons leaving d rest children in mess? They deserved to die by hanging in public square so as to serve as a deterrent to others with such behaviour. What a nefarious world. Those who kill with sword will surely die by sword.

  31. You are an educated idiot for making such tribalic comment. God punish you and ur generation yet unborn.It is only an illiterate that tribalizes a sensitve issue.Well, I am not surprise dat tribalism is the greatest weak point of those who have no meaniful contribution to make in the society.Finally,it is only an illiterate villager that comment on important issues from tribalistic point of view. At this your age u still approach issues from tribalic angle.Tufiakwaa! Deductively,you are a village boy! Bye bye ! Foolish boy!!!

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