CRIME: Police Arrest Three Brothers Over Kidnap And Murder In Abuja

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Three brothers have been arrested over the kidnap and murder of one Mrs Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya by Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Teams (IRT)

Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, who disclosed this in a statement on May 14, 2020, Thursday said the suspects committed the crime on, in Abuja.

He identified the three men as Gideon Emmanuel (31), Success Emmanuel (27), and Johnson Emmanuel (38), are indigenes of Isiekenesi in Ideato Local Government Area of Imo State.

Mba explained that the police apprehended the suspects in their hometown, where they had taken refuge to evade arrest.

“Investigation that led to the arrest of the suspects is the sequel to complaints received from one Chinedu Ogbonnaya who alleged that his mother, Mrs. Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya, 55yrs, a native of Ozuitem in Bende LGA of Abia State had been kidnapped and a five million naira ransom demanded before she could be released.

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“A comprehensive and painstaking investigation by the police operatives resulted in the arrest of the three suspects, whom, in the course of interrogation, revealed that the victim had long been murdered and buried,” the statement read.

According to the police reporters, further findings revealed that the victim, a widow, who had been a Facebook friend of the principal suspect – Johnson, was lured from her home in Gwagwalada to visit the suspect.

He said the suspect, after that, took advantage of the visit, served her yoghurt laced with drugs, and subsequently had her murdered.

The suspect was said to have reached out to the victim’s family, using her phone to demand a ransom of five million nairas as pre-condition for her release, after she had been killed and buried in a septic tank. ​

Mba revealed that the suspects led a team of investigators alongside pathologists to a residence at Wumba District in Abuja on Thursday, where the victim’s decomposing body was exhumed from a septic tank.

He added that the exhumed body had been taken to the University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, for forensic examination. 

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The police spokesman noted that police operatives recovered a Toyota Highlander belonging to the deceased at a mechanic workshop in Apo, where it had been repainted into a different colour.

He said the vehicle’s documents had been fraudulently changed, and ownership of the car was transferred to the principal suspect.

“Investigations also revealed that the house where the deceased was killed and buried originally belonged to one of the suspects but was hurriedly sold-off to a third party apparently to obliterate evidence,” the statement added.

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In his reaction, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, commended the operatives of IRT for the arrest and gave an assurance that perpetrators of any form of crimes in the country would not go undetected and unpunished.

He also urged the people to be more security conscious and report any suspicious activities within their neighborhood to the nearest police station.

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