Police exhume corpse of kidnapped woman, arrest three

The Ebonyi State Police Command has exhumed the corpse of a woman identified as Mrs Catherine Okorie Chukwu, who was allegedly kidnapped and killed by a gang of six.

The 65-year-old, according to the command Public Relations Officer, DSP Jude Madu, hails from Ishiagu community in Ivo local government area of the state and was kidnapped on 18th January 2017.

The PPRO disclosed that three suspects were arrested by the command on the 10th February 2017, for their alleged involvement in the murder, while the police are on the trail of another three suspects still at large.

Madu said the suspects arrested include Ogbudule Chukwu Matthew (m) 30 years, a native of Lokpanta Isuochi Umunochi local government area of Abia State, and Ezenwa Egeonu (m) 28 years of the same address, and a female friend of one of the suspect.

He said, “On interrogation one of the suspects Ezenwa Egeonu confessed that the victim had been killed and buried in Lokpanta Isuochi Umunochi local government area of Abia state.

“The command’s team of Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad visited the scene of the burial and exhumed the corpse of the woman.

“The suspect led a team of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad to the burial scene where the corpse was buried in a shallow grave, the exhumation was carried out by Pathologists from the Federal Teaching Hospital (FETHA) Abakaliki, in addition to a team of Morticians.

“Police have evacuated the decomposing corpse of the woman and has taken it for autopsy to unravel the cause of death, while the command awaits the result of the autopsy for further action.”

Speaking against the backdrop of payment of ransom by families of the deceased, the PPRO restated that no ransom was paid. He maintained that the relatives of the victim reported the matter to the police on the first day the incident occurred.

He said, “On the day the kidnapping took place, the deceased relatives handed over the matter to the police, and the police were on the trail of the suspects combing the vast area of the thick forest in Lokpanta community with tracking devices.”

DSP Madu disclosed that the police conducted a search on the residents of the suspects and their accomplices in Lokpanta Umunochi community in Abia state, and recovered some exhibits sequel to the confession of one of the suspects that their ringleader kept arms in his house.

from Punch Newspapers http://ift.tt/2lfIDde
via ecitynews

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