23 year old Nigerian student Mustapha Musa Osmanu, studying Information Communication Technology (ICT) at Sikkims Manipal University, Accra, has been arrested by the Ghanian police for stabbing two of his brothers at their home in Accra Newtown on Friday November 28th. One of them died instantly.
Confessing to the crime, Musa said he was under the influence of drugs when he stabbed his brothers. He said a night before the attack, he’d taken 20 doses of Diazpam 5gm tablets, to enable him study.
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“I admit committing the act. I regret my action and I even wanted to commit suicide after the act but Jamiru took the knife from me. I was out of control after taking the drug. I regret having taken the drugs which enables me study for more than five hours a day…” he said
On the day of the attack, Osmanu had sneaked into their kitchen around 3.30pm, picked a knife and first stabbed Jamiru Osman, 23, in the chest before stabbing Nazifi Osman Mohammed, 27, in the chest and the stomach, leading to his death.
Nazifi, the oldest among the three brothers was pronounced dead on arrival at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. The other brother is now in a stable condition at the same hospital.
Speaking on the incident, the Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Christian Tetteh Yohuno said on November 29th, the day after the attack, Musa went to the police station to report, claiming that he and his brothers had been attacked by armed robbers. His claim was later refuted by Jamiru who survived the attack.
He revealed that it was Musa who attacked them while they were sleeping that fateful day. “Jamiru narrated that after seeing the intestines of Nazifi gushing out and blood flowing from his stomach, he immediately had to pretend he did not see the one who stabbed them after he was asked by suspect whether he saw something. The victim said if he had said yes, Musa Osmanu would have killed him instantly which was why he said he did not know the one who stabbed them,” DCOP Yohuno said.
Police believe that Musa Osmanu committed the act when he learned that the victims had been given about $4,000 from their elder brother to pay their school fees, a claim Osmanu has denied. “I did not commit the offense because of the money ”
He said Musa is expected to be charged to court soon for murder.