Two Ghanaian nationals have been arrested for robbing an attempting to kill a truck driver in Benin, Edo State.
The suspects, Eric Aidan and Matthew Kwasha, allegedly rained acid on Taiwo Adesanya last December while he was transporting goods belonging to a company he worked.
Adesanya had obliged Matthew, his truck conductor, on his request to help a friend who was also travelling to Benin.
Both men allegedly proceeded to pour the dangerous substance on their victim while he parked to take a nap during the journey.
“I was assigned by my company to go and pick 600 bags of sugar to supply to a Brewery in Benin City, Edo State,” Adesanya narrated his ordeal, after narrowly escaping death.
“I went with my conductor, Matthew a Ghanaian, but I didn’t know that he is a killer and a robber.
“He told me that I should assist one of his friends who was also going to Benin. Out of my magnanimity, I accepted to offer my conductor and his friend assistance.
“I did not know that I was digging my own grave. They did not portray any iota of wickedness as they were showing appreciations to me. When we arrived Olukwu, near Benin, I became tired and parked my vehicle and slept off inside the front seat.
“I was in very deep sleep when something like fire started ravaging my body and I quickly woke up in excruciating pains.
“While I was shouting, my conductor was telling his friend to finish me with the wheel spanner and his friend replied that the acid was enough to kill him.”
Police authorities say that had been Matthew and Eric’s modus operandi for some time.
The suspects, police say, specialized in killing their victims with raw acid after dispossessing them of their belongings, especially vehicles.
They would seek employment as driver and conductor in haulage companies, study the company and perfect ways to divert their employers’ goods. They would then sell the vehicle and move on to another unsuspecting company.
Adesanya’s truck was loaded with 600 bags of sugar worth over N10 million at the time he was attacked.