Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command have arrested four suspected kidnappers involved in the kidnapping and eventual murder of a commuter, Onyekachi Obioma Chukwuagu, along East/West Road to Rumuodogo 1 Community in Emohua Local Government Area of the State.
Acting spokesperson of the command, Grace Iringe-Koko, in a statement on Saturday, March 26, said the suspects pretended to be regular passengers along the Federal Highway in order to board the victim’s vehicle on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
When they got to a quiet part of the route in the Rumuodogo community, they kidnapped the driver and abandoned the vehicle, with Reg. No. GDD 250 MU by the roadside.
The statement said the suspects identified as Obichi Ngita, age 20, Chisom Honest, aged 20, Young Chitu, age 21, and Omens Woke, age 23, claimed that “they murdered the victim, using a machete, for refusing to cooperate with them.”
“The suspects on Tuesday, 22nd March, 2022, while pretending to be regular passengers, boarded the victim’s vehicle.
However, when they got to a quiet part of the route, they kidnapped the victim and abandoned the vehicle, with Reg. No. GDD 250 MU by the roadside” the statement read.
“The Command upon receipt of the complaint swiftly mobilized operatives to the scene where they cordoned off the area and commenced an intensive search resulting in the arrest of Chisom Honest, who led operatives to the rest of the gang, and the location of the victim’s corpse.
“The suspects claimed they murdered the victim, using a machete, for refusing to cooperate with them.
Efforts are being intensified to apprehend other suspects indicted in the matter with a view to concluding the investigations.
The Commissioner of Police, while condoling the family of the deceased for the unfortunate loss, assured that the suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation in line with his commitment to the cause of justice”.