A 38-year-old Nigerian man named Bolanle Fadairo has been detained by Houston police on suspicion of killing his fellow countryman and 30-year friend Michael Essien and abandoning the victim’s 2-year-old son, Micah, to perish in a hot car in the Gulfton neighborhood of southwest Houston.
After a dispute outside a strip mall in the 5500 block of El Camino Del Rey and Chimney Rock on Tuesday, September 20, Fadairo is charged with shooting 38-year-old Essien to death. According to investigators, Fadairo acknowledged knowing Essien for over 30 years and even used the victim’s residence to recieve a mail. A Nigerian man was detained in the US for killing his 30-year best friend.
According to court records, “(Fadairo) alleged the argument started because (Essien) owed him money.” read
The day of the incident, according to the police, Fadairo met with Essien. An altercation that developed between the two men led to Essien being shot by Fadairo, who then fled the scene in Essien’s SUV with the victim’s 2-year-old kid still strapped into a car seat.
The victim’s wife alerted authorities that her husband and son were gone over five hours later. A little more than a mile from the scene of the incident, the woman’s ability to identify her husband’s car helped lead to its finding.
According to charging documents, the automobile was locked and the windows were rolled up since it was 93 degrees outside. Although the boy’s exact cause of death has not been determined, it is thought that he passed away from heat exhaustion. A Nigerian man was detained in the US for killing his 30-year best friend.
Jessie Okon, Essien’s sister, and his wife also had a 5-year-old kid and a 1-week-old infant.
“Michael avoided conflict at all costs. Michael would unbutton his shirt and donate the money to others. He donates everything he has to others. I only require my brother “stated Jessie.