- Suspected killers of an Imo state Catholic priest have been arrested
- They were arrested by operatives of F-SARS in Nkwere, Imo state
- Imo state commissioner of police said the suspects were arrested on Tuesday, September 11
The Nigerian Police on Tuesday, September 11, arrested suspected killers of a Catholic priest, Reverend Father, Jude Egbom of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amucha in Imo state.
The suspects were arrested by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Imo state police command.
Punch reports that the state police commissioner, Dasuki Galadanchi, said the suspects - Chigozie Uzoukwu, 33; and Peter Ochokwu, 21 - were arrested in Nkwerre.
Galadanchi said: “On September 11 at Owerri Nkwoji, in the Nkwerre LGA, Imo State, F-SARS operatives, led by CSP Godfrey Victor, acting on a tip-off arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of Rev. Fr. Jude Egbom.
“The suspects are one Peter Ochokwu, 21, of Umuibu, in Owerre Nkworji, Nkwerre LGA and Chigozie Uzoukwu ,33, of same address.
"A black Toyota Corolla, with number plate, FKJ 984 EV, belonging to the hoodlums who robbed and murdered the cleric was recovered. Interestingly, one of the shoes of the reverend father was found in the abandoned car. The second leg of the shoe was found in the Toyota Corolla of the suspects.
“Some of the property in the suspect’s car were found with one of the suspects in his house.”
Galadanchi disclosed that one Raphael, the operator of the barber’s where the priest had gone to shave before he was murdered, had also been arrested for questioning.
He also said that some other members of the gang -Kelechi Nnajiuba,24; Ifeanyi Chukwukere, 28; and Ekene Ohaeri, 27 - were in police custody for the kidnapping of a worker with the National Population Commission.
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He said that the police were on the trail of two leaders of the gang.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Egbuom, who hailed from Umuwala village in Nkwerre, was gunned down along with a young man who was with him when he was attacked.
The deceased was a priest at St Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Amucha, in the Njaba area of the state.
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