Police personnel attached to the Intelligence Response Unit have arrested three siblings for the gruesome murder of a mother of five , Mrs Janet Ogbonnaya.
The deceased, a widow, was lured from Facebook by the suspects , who allegedly poisoned her and buried her corpse in a septic tank in a house in the Wumba District , Lokogoma , Abuja, on May 14 , 2020 .
The suspects , Johnson , 38 ; Gideon, 31; and Success Emmanuel , 27, were tracked down to their home town, Isiekenesi , in the Ideato Local Government Area of Imo State , where they were hiding after killing Ogbonnaya in Abuja .
The arrest of the suspects was sequel to the complaint received from one Chinedu Ogbonnaya, who alleged that his 55- year – old mother, a native of Ozuitem in the Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, had been kidnapped and N 5 m ransom was being demanded by her captors .
According to the Force Public Relations Officer , DCP Frank Mba , painstaking investigation by the police resulted in the arrest of the suspects , who in the course of interrogation , revealed that the victim had been murdered and buried .
It was gathered that the victim was a Facebook friend of the principal suspect, Johnson , who lured her from her home in Gwagwalada to visit him .
Mba said in a statement on Thursday , “ The suspects , thereafter , took advantage of the visit , served her yoghurt laced with drugs and subsequently had her murdered.
“ The suspects buried her remains in a septic tank , then went ahead to reach out to the family of the victim , using her phone , and demanded N 5 m ransom as pre – condition for her release .
“ The suspects led a team of investigators and pathologists to a residence in the Wumba District , Lokogoma , Abuja , where the victim ’ s decomposing body was exhumed from the septic tank .
“ The body has been taken to the University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, for forensic examination . ”
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The police added that a Toyota Highlander SUV belonging to the deceased had been recovered at a mechanic workshop in Apo , where it had been repainted into a different colour .
The force noted that the vehicle documents had also been fraudulently changed and the ownership criminally transferred to Johnson .
Investigation further revealed that the house , where the deceased was killed and buried , originally belonged to one of the suspects , but it was hurriedly sold off to a third party , apparently to conceal the evidence of their evil action.
While commending the operatives for a job well done , the Inspector – General of Police , Mohammed Adamu , stated that “ the perpetrators of any form of crime in the country will not go undetected and unpunished. ”
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