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Three Brothers In Police Net Over kidnap, Murder Of mother of Five In Abuja

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– Exhume remains of deceased for forensic examination

Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Unit of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested three suspects for the kidnap and gruesome murder of one Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya on 14th May, 2020.

Those arrested are Johnson Emmanuel – 38yrs, Gideon Emmanuel – 31yrs, and Success Emmanuel – 27yrs

According to a statement issued on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba (DCP), 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.

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“Investigations that led to the arrest of the suspects were 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 5-Million naira ransom demanded before she could be released.

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3 brother Arrested for Murder of Mother 5

“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”, the statement said. ​

Meanwhile, on Thursday June 4, 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, Frank said.

The police noted that 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 criminally 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 police added.

The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, while commending the operatives for a job well done, reassured that perpetrators of any form of crimes in the country will not go undetected and unpunished. He however enjoined citizens to be more security conscious and report any suspicious activities within their neighbourhood to the nearest police station.

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