The Nigerian Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Thursday disclosed that Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested three brothers over the kidnap and murder of one Mrs Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya.
Mba explained that the suspects identified as Johnson Emmanuel (38), Gideon Emmanuel (31), and Success Emmanuel (27), were apprehended by the police in their hometown, Isiekenesi, in Ideato Local Government Area of Imo State.
The Force Public Relations Officer, in a statement disclosed that the suspects had allegedly committed the crime on May 14, 2020, in Abuja, and thereafter flee to their hometown to evade arrest.
The statement read in part:
“Investigation that led to the arrest of the suspects is sequel to complaints received from one Chinedu Ogbonnaya who alleged that his mother, Mrs Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya, 55yrs, 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 suspects, whom, in the course of interrogation, revealed that the victim had long been murdered and buried”.
The PPRO stated that investigations 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. She was thereafter druged and subsequently murdered by the suspect.
The suspect (Johnson) later contacted her family, using her phone to demand a ransom of five million naira 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.