Police arrests three siblings over kidnap, murder of mother of five
Operatives of the Nigerian police’s Intelligence Response Unit have arrested three suspects – Johnson Emmanuel – 38yrs, Gideon Emmanuel – 31yrs and Success Emmanuel – 27yrs for the kidnap and murder of one Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya on 14th May, 2020.
The suspects, born by same parents, all-male and native of Isiekenesi, Ideato LGA 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.
Investigations that led to the arrest of the suspects is sequel to complaints received from one Chinedu Ogbonnaya who alleged that his mother, Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya, 55yrs, a native of Ozuitem in Bende LGA of Abia State had been kidnapped and a N5 million ransom demanded before she could be released.
A comprehensive and painstaking investigation, the police in a statement, said resulted in the arrest of the three suspects, who, 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.
After killing the victim, the suspect buried her remains in a septic tank and reached out to the family of the victim through her phone to demand ransom as pre-condition for her release.
On Thursday, June 4, 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.
A Toyota Highlander Jeep belonging to the deceased has also been recovered by Police operatives at a mechanic workshop in Apo where it had been repainted into a different colour, vehicle documents fraudulently changed and ownership of the stolen vehicle transferred to one of the masterminds of the crime – Johnson Emmanuel.
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 Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu assured Nigerians that perpetrators of any form of crimes in the country will not go undetected and unpunished.
He, however, enjoins citizens to be more security conscious and report any suspicious activities within their neighbourhood to the nearest police station.