Suspected armed robbers who killed and buried a serving police officer in a shallow grave in Imo state, have been arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command.
Imo police commissioner Isaac Akinmoyede who paraded the suspects before newsmen at the commands headquarters in Owerri on Wednesday August 12, said the suspects identified as Chinedu, 23; Chinnor Amadi, 27; Eze Odu, aka Ezebu N’afor, 25; and Amadi Francis, 20 would be prosecuted in accordance with the laws of the land.
Akinmoyede said “On July 31,2020, around 11.45am, SARS operatives on a tip-off intelligence arrested four suspects.
The suspects are one Chinedu, 23; Chinnor Amadi, 27; Eze Odu, aka Ezebu N’afor,25; and Amadi Francis, 20, all from Ihie, Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State.
“The prime suspect, Chinedu, was brought in with multiple injuries on his body.
The suspects, who are strong members of the notorious outlawed late Chljioke Onyeze, aka Bracket’s gang, have confessed to how they murdered a serving policeman and buried him in a shallow grave.
“Three suspects were earlier arrested by the SARS operatives and are currently undergoing investigation.
it is important to note that on July 6, 2020, the group killed one Obioma Iheka, murdered one Maduakolam Nwoguzo on May 14 and one Alozie Amadi on July 4, 2020, among others.
“Efforts are being intensified to recover their operational weapons and arrest others fleeing gang members.
“Investigation is still ongoing and further developments will be communicated.”
Meanwhile, a 36-year-old Ugochukwu Obiakor was on Wednesday August 12, was sentenced to 25 years in prison by an Abeokuta high court, for raping an 11year-old girl.
Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu who presided over the case in which the man pleaded not guilty to the onecount charge against him, held that the evidence presented before the court by the prosecution was tenable and found the convict guilty as charged.
James Mafe, the prosecution counsel and director of legal drafting in Ogun state had earlier told the court that the convict committed the offence on September 4, 2017, at Omu-Aleku village in Mowe area of the State.
The convict reportedly came to the victim’s mother’s shop to make a purchase, but came back when the mother left the shop.
Obiakor pretended that the victim’s mother owed him some money and dragged the girl to an uncompleted building beside the shop where he raped her after opening the shop’s iron railings.
Justice Dipeolu consequently sentenced Obiakor to 25 years imprisonment with hard labour.