Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Unit of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested three brothers suspected for killing a mother of five in Abuja.
The suspects are Johnson Emmanuel, 38; Gideon Emmanuel, 31 ; and Success Emmanuel, 27.
The suspects, all of the same parents, allegedly kidnapped and gruesomely killed one Mrs Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya on 14th May, 2020.
The suspects, from Isiekenesi, Ideato local government area of Imo State were arrested by the Police in their home town where they had taken refuge after committing the crime in Abuja, in order to evade police arrest, according to statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, said investigations led to the arrest of the suspects after complaints received from the son of the victim, Chinedu Ogbonnaya who alleged that his 55-year old mother, 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.
“A comprehensive and painstaking investigation by the police operatives resulted in the arrest of the three (3) suspects, whom, in the course of interrogation, revealed that the victim had long been murdered and buried. Further findings revealed that the victim, a widow, who had been a Facebook friend of the principal suspect – Johnson Emmanuel, was lured from her home in Gwagwalada to visit the suspect. The suspect thereafter took advantage of the visit, served her yoghurt laced with drugs and subsequently had her murdered. The suspect having killed the victim and buried her remains in a septic tank, went ahead to reach out to the family of the victim using her phone and demanded 5-Million naira ransom as pre-condition for her release.
“Meanwhile, today 4th June, 2020, the suspects led a team of investigators alongside pathologists to a residence at Wumba District, Lokogoma, Abuja where the victim’s decomposing body was exhumed from a septic tank. The exhumed body has been taken to the University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja for forensic examination.