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Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Unit of the NPF have arrested three suspects namely; Johnson Emmanuel – 38yrs, Gideon Emmanuel – 31yrs and Success Emmanuel – 27yrs for the kidnap and gruesome murder of Mrs Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya on 14th May, 2020.
The suspects, were arrested by the Police in their home town where they had taken refuge
Investigations that led to the arrest of the suspects is sequel to complaints received from the victim’s son, Chinedu Ogbonnaya who alleged that his 55 year old mother, Mrs Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya, had been kidnapped and a 5-Million naira ransom demanded before she could be released.
An 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.
Further findings revealed that the victim, a widow, who had been a Facebook friend of Johnson Emmanuel, was lured from her home in Gwagwalada to visit the suspect.
Johnson 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 her family using her phone and demanded 5 Million naira ransom as condition for her release.
On the 4th June, 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.
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 Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, while commending the operatives for a job well done, reassures that perpetrators of any form of crimes in the country will not go undetected and unpunished.
He asked citizens to be more security conscious and report any suspicious activities within their neighbourhood to the nearest police station.
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