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Details have emerged direct from paraded suspected killers of the Osina Rev. Father, Cyriacus Onunkwo, showing that it was not their original wish to kill him, but the ex Police constable working with them, sellotaped his nose while sealing up his mouth and this caused gasp for air while in the Avalon car booth and death.
explaining more on Thursday afternoon, the Imo State Police Commissioner, Chirs Ezike who paraded the five suspects in connection with the kidnap and murder of Reverend Father Cyriacus Onunkwo, confirmed that the first arrest was made using tracking device which lead to the arrest of one of them in possession of his Infinix phone.
Earlier on Wednesday, the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha had revealed the arrest of two suspects. The late Reverend Father had served previously in parts of Lagos State including St. Charles Olodi
He was kidnapped at popular Banana Junction, near Afor-Ogidi very close to Orlu main town and drove to Omuma community where his lifeless body was recovered after some days.
It would be recalled that they never placed any call, which presented the scenario as a hired-killer job, but the Police is yet to conclude investigations. A former Police constable was among the arrested gang members.
FULL TEXT OF BRIEFING BY CP CHRIS O. EZIKE, COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, IMO STATE COMMAND ON THURSDAY 7TH OF SEPTEMBER, 2017 AT COMMAND HEADQUARTERS, OWERRI-IMO STATE.
(AS Sent to Business Hilights by Imo State Police Command on Thursday )
Gentlemen of the Press,
I address you this afternoon with a lot of mixed feelings. I am delighted that the Police Command under my watch has made major breakthroughs in criminal investigation leading to the arrest of dare-devil suspected criminals, recovery of exhibits and dismantling of the various criminal gangs/cells. However, I am pained by the fact that some of the activities of these enemies of society have brought sadness, anxiety and general apprehension to Nigerians especially with the abduction and murder of Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo of Umuotuasi Village, Osina in Ideato North LGA of Imo State on 1st September, 2017 at Banana Junction Orlu, Imo State.
iii. In compliance with the Inspector-General’s directive, I visited the Bishop of Orlu His Lordship Bishop Augustine Ukwuoma, the native Parish of the deceased Reverend St. Mary’s Parish Osina and the family of the Onunkwo’s at Osina on Monday 4th September, 2017. I ended the visit with a stopover on the ArchBishop of Owerri ArchBishop Anthony J. Obina. The visit was to express the condolences of the IGP and the Command and also enable me cultivate/build confidence in the investigative journey ahead. It paid off.
He was arrested on the 6th of September, 2017 at Hotel Presidential Port Harcourt where he fled after the incident. He hails from Ukwukwa Village in Azia of Anambra State but resident at Rukpoku, Port Harcourt Rivers State. He took part in the commission of the crime and has confessed as well. He also confessed to other heinous crimes.
He was arrested on the 6th of September, 2017 at Control Post Owerri. He hails from Umuaro Village, Okwelle in Onuimo LGA of Imo State. He holds a National Diploma in Public Administration from Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Imo State. He has confessed to the commission of the crime. He drove the Toyota Avalon ash colour saloon car with Registration No. ETU 368 AA with which the crime was committed.
He was arrested on 06/09/2017 at NNPC Mega Station by Control Post area in Owerri. He holds WASC. He hails from Mgbagbuowa in Ezeagu, Ezeagu LGA of Enugu State. He resides at Ama Hausa in Owerri. He confessed to the crime and the Wrist Watch of the Deceased Rev. Fr. was recovered from him.
He hails from Umuchukwu Umuagu, Obowo in Obowo LGA and was arrested on the 6th of September, 2017 at Mpama Egbu. He holds a B.Sc in Management Technology from Federal University of Technology Owerri. He is the owner of the Toyota Avalon car used in the commission of the crime.
He was arrested on 7th of September, 2017 and hails from Azia in Ihialla LGA of Anambra State. He is resident in Azia and confessed to the crime.
He hails from Umukishi Amuze Ahiara in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA of Imo state. He is a member of the armed robbery/kidnapping syndicate and took part in the operation. He holds a National Diploma from Abia State Polytechnic Aba and was arrested on 05/09/2017 at Control Post Owerri in possession of the Deceased’s phone. He confessed to the crime.
The Investigation is continuing because suspects have made other confessions not related to the case under investigation, which require extensive probing.
From the evidence available which is consistent with investigative thoughts, Re. Fr. Onunkwo was abducted, tied up, his mouth cello taped and dumped in the booth of the Avalon car by the dare-devil hoodlums. He apparently gasped for air and could not make it. This interim finding is yet to be supported with scientific examination and opinion which further investigations intend to explore. For now, though we lost, humanity has won plentifully.
On 25/8/2017, operatives of the Command Anti kidnapping Squad in the course of Investigation using Forensic technology arrested five Kidnap and robbery suspects who were involved in the kidnap of the popular gospel singer, Prince Chinedu Nwadike and robbed him of his red coloured Honda CRV Jeep Reg. No. ABN 492 TS along World Bank road near Great gospel Liberation International Church, New Owerri on 10/7/2017 at about 1940hrs. The suspects collected a ransom of #4million from the victim’s relatives before he was released.
Suspects have confessed to the crime and the victims car recovered at Calabar – Cross River State. Suspects arrested are:
Ikeduru LGA of Imo State
LGA of Anambra State
LGA of Imo State
in Umuahia South LGA of Abia State.
On 9/8/2017, sequel to the kidnap of Johnbosco Okoro ‘m’ and Njoku Mathias Emeka ‘m’, operatives of the Command Anti kidnapping Squad arrested four Kidnap and armed robbery suspects involved in the kidnap and robbery of a Toyota Venza, ash in colour Reg. number KTU 568 DE on 24/5/2017 at about 1000hrs at Umunkwo in Isiala Mbano LGA. The suspects collected a ransom of #6million before releasing the victims. The suspects were arrested in the course of investigation into the case and they have confessed to crime. Suspects arrested are as follows:
LGA, Imo State
LGA, Imo State
Mbano LGA, Imo State
LGA, Imo State.
In conclusion, I wish to appeal to the generality of the citizens of Imo State to continue to patronize our whistle blowing policy. As we have entered the ember months, the challenges may become increasingly visible but we assure Imolites of our capacity, capability and determination to continue to make Imo State safe and secure. Criminal impunity has a price and with our renewed vigour and zeal, criminals may pay the price sooner than expected. The Command is grateful to the Government of Imo State, the Catholic Diocese of Orlu, St. Mary’s Parish Osina, ArchBishop Anthony Obinna, the ONUNKWO family of Osina, the Police Community Relations Committee Imo State, the Media and indeed all Imolites and residents for their support during this investigation. Stay out of trouble and be law abiding.
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