Police Nab Four For Murder In Abia


The Police in Abia State says it has so far arrested four suspects in connection with the gruesome murder’ of 23-year-old Ikechukwu Uwagbaokwu, an undergraduate of Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the Police Command in the state, Mr Ezekiel Onyeke, said this in a telephone interview with newsmen in Umuahia on Thursday.
Onyeke said that the command had commenced investigations to fish out Uwagbaokwu’s killers.
He denied the allegation that the deceased was killed by policemen.
He said that three of the four suspects had been quizzed and released.
The police image maker added that the detained suspect, who allegedly identified the deceased’s house to the gunmen, was assisting the police with useful information.
‘’Initially, four suspects were arrested but three had been released while one is still in detention and he is helping the police in their investigation, to get to the root of the incident,’’ Onyeke said.
Meanwhile, the family of the deceased had alleged in a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Mr Joshak Habila, that their son was murdered by policemen from Ehimiri Housing Estate Police Station, Umuahia.
The petition was signed by the family lawyer, Dr. Godwin Chionye and made available to the newsmen in Umuahia.
The family urged the police boss to carry out thorough investigation into ‘’the gruesome murder of our son.’’
The family claimed that the gunmen, numbering at least 10, came to the deceased’s family house at Ohobe-Afara, Umuahia, in a Hilux van and Camry car at about10.50 p.m. on September 10 and shot Uwagbaokwu dead.
‘’The armed policemen forced the wooden door leading to the deceased’s room open and on sighting him, one of the policemen shot him and he died on the spot,’’ it stated.