Imo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike has explained how officers of the state police command arrested six suspects in connection to the gruesome murder of Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo, a Priest of the Orlu Catholic Diocese.
According to the CP, “The investigating team using forensic technology and backed up by hard work, commitment, passion and hunger for success arrested ex-corporal Jude Madu who was found in possession of late Rev Fr Onunkwo’s Infinix telephone handset.”
“The ex-corporal was a member of the armed robbery/kidnapping syndicate and took part in the operation. He holds a National Diploma from Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, and was arrested on September 5, at control post in Owerri in possession of the deceased’s phone. He has confessed to the crime”, CP Ezike said.
Other suspects are: Izuchukwu Okafor, 28, from Ukwukwa in Azia in Anambra state; Cyril Onyema, 29, from Okwelle in Imo state; Emmanuel Ozuigbo, 29, Ezeagu in Enugu state; Victor Ikechukwu, 33, from Obowo in Imo state; and Ifechukwu Nwosu, 28, a native of Azia in Ihiala Local Government Area.
Recall that Rev. Fr. Onunkwo was kidnapped and murdered by the hoodlums in Orlu.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris had on the heels of his death, ordered the Imo State Police to find and arrest the murderers. Governor Rochas Okorocha had while addressing newsmen on Wednesday at the Government House in Owerri, assured residents that the government was working hard to ensure the security of lives and property.
Also paraded were four kidnappers that kidnapped Chinedu Nwadike,the popular Gospel musician.
COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF THE KIDNAP GANG THAT KIDNAPPED AND KILLED REV CYRIACUS ONUNKWO IN IMO State
1. IZUCHUKWU OKAFOR aka SMALL(28YRS) he was arrested on the 6th sept 2017 at Hotel Presidential Port Harcourt where he fled after the incident. He hails from Ukwukwa Village in Azia of Anambra State but resident at Rukpoku Rivers State. He confessed to the heinous crimes.
2. ONYEMA CYRIL M ( 29YRS)
He was arrested on the 6th of Sept 2017 at Control post here in owerri. He hails from Umuaro Village , Okwelle in Onuimo LGA of Imo State. He holds National Diploma in Public Admin from Federal Poly Nek Imo State. He was the driver of the Tayota Avalon ash colour saloon car used in the crime. He equally confessed to the crime before us.
3. EMMANUEL OZUIGBO M (29YRS)
He was arrested on 6th of sept 2017 at NNPC Mega Station by control post area here in Owerri.. He holds WASC. He hails from Mgbagbuowa in Ezeagu LGA of Enugu State. He resides at Ama Hausa in Owerri. the wrist watch of the deceased Rev Fr was recovered from him and he also confessed to the crime.
4. VICTOR IKECHUKWU IROAKANZI M (33YRS), He hails from Umuchukwu Umuagu, Obowo LGA Imo State and was arrested on the 6th of Sept 2017 at Mpama Egbu. He holds Bsc in Management Tech from FUTO. He is the owner of the Tayota Avalon car used in the commission of the crime. though NOT one of them.
4. IFECHUKWU NWOSU M (28YRS), He was arrested on 7th of sept, 2017. He hails from Azia in Ihialla LGA of Amambra State. He confessed to the crime.
5. EX-CORPORAL JUDE MADU M (32YRS)
He hails from Umukishi Amuze Ahiazu Mbaise of Imo State. He is a member of armed robbery /kidnapping syndicate and took part in the operation. He hold ND from Abia Poly. He was arrested on 5th of Sept 2017 at Control Post Ow in possession of the infinix cell phone of the Deceased. He did confessed to the crime.
Meanwhile, according to the police commissioner in the state who addressed newsmen at the command headquarters disclosed that this investigation is 5 days old and that the investigators transversed three states of Imo, Abia and River to achieve this wonderful results.
The Police Commissioner however thanked the Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha for his numerous support to them and the federal government whistle blowing policy in the country which actually helped them to achieve this fit.
He equally thanked media men in the state for their information dissemination while assuring Imolites of a crime free yuletide this year.
With agency report
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