A 20-year-old apprentice has been detained in Ondo State on suspicion of killing his master and dumping his body in a well.
The Akure South Local Government Area is where the event took place, specifically in the town of Imafon.
Suspect Josiah Godwin served as the dead Saviour Joseph’s apprentice at the local POP asbestos plant.
In a fight over a phone, the suspect allegedly killed his master, so the story goes.
The master allegedly started the tragic brawl by destroying the apprentice’s phone.
Relative Odey Ogbaji informed reporters in Akure on Thursday that Mr. Joseph’s body had been found in a well on a building site in Imafon on Sunday. Joseph was 27 years old.
He said he had last spoken to the deceased by phone the Tuesday before last before heading out to work, but he was worried when he didn’t hear from him the following day.
A younger brother of his who the dead followed phoned him on Saturday and said, “I can’t get in touch with him; I assumed he had a flat battery.”
When asked where his master was, the apprentice answered, “My employer woke me up in the middle of the night, shattered my phone on the floor, and began to beat me, and then he asked me to sleep.”
He reported leaving the spot the next day. We asked him how he planned to face the day without his boss and then we departed the construction site. His reply was that he assumed his master had to use the restroom after he departed.
We looked at the phone he claimed to have found broken on the floor, and there wasn’t even a nick in it.
In addition, “the suspect had turned off his phone and didn’t tell anyone about it.”
Mr Ogbaji said the corpse was found in the well at a later time.
State police spokeswoman Funmilayo Odunlami has verified the event.
We have started looking into it, and we have the suspect in custody at the moment,” she stated.
Further, she assured reporters that charges would be filed in court once investigators had gathered enough evidence.