FRIENDSHIP TURNED SOUR AS THREE BROTHERS KIDNAP, MURDER WOMAN IN ABUJA
By Princess Adaora
Three brothers from the same parents , Johnson Emmanuel – 38, Gideon Emmanuel – 31 and Success Emmanuel – 27 of Isiekenesi, Ideato Local Government Area of Imo State have been arrested by the Police for the alleged kidnap and gruesome murder of one Mrs. Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya on 14th May, 2020.
The trio were arrested in their home town where they had taken refuge after committing the crime in Abuja so as to evade police arrest.
According to a statement in Abuja on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba, investigations that led to the arrest of the suspects is sequel to complaints received from one Chinedu Ogbonnaya who alleged that his mother, Mrs. Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya, aged 55 a native of Ozuitem in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State had been kidnapped and a five million naira ransom demanded before she would be released.
Mba disclosed that 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.
He noted that 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 five million naira ransom as pre-condition for her release.
“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” Mba disclosed.
“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”, he explained.
The Force PRO observed that 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 would not go undetected and unpunished.
He enjoined citizens to be more security conscious and report any suspicious activities within their neighbourhood to the nearest police station.