Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Police Command yesterday paraded five suspects believed to have killed the late Heaven Ogogbo Ihuigwe, the Peoples Democratic Party Ward 16 Chairman, Ogbogoro community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
Late Ihuigwe was murdered at Rumuekini community, also in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, and his body dumped in a cassava farm in September, last year.
The suspects, Ifeanyi Okoro, Ajade Niyi, Austin Isotect, Chief Joseph Iwuoku and Clement Yusuf were arrested by the IGP Monitoring Unit.
Briefing journalists at the police headquarters, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, yesterday, shortly before parading the suspects, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Administration), Cyril Okoro, said men of the IGP Monitoring Unit, led by Benneth Igwe, arrested the suspects through a tip-off.
The DCP said: â€œOn the 16/9/2017, at about 1945hrs, the people of Ogbogoro were greeted with the sad news of the murder of their son, Heaven Ogbogbo Ihuigwe, the PDP Ward Chairman of Ogbogoro Community in Obio/Akpor LGA.
â€œFollowing a tip-off, men of the IG Monitoring Unit arrested one Ifeanyi Okoro 25yrs residing at Omagwa Community in Ikwerre LGA. On interrogation, the suspect confessed to have been involved in the murder of the late honourable. His confession led to the arrest of three others namely: Ajade Niyi, Austin Isotec and Chief Joseph Iwuoku aka Uduakonmiri whose confession led to the arrest of the 4th suspect, Clement Yusuf with one Yaye still at large.â€
DCP Okoro, also disclosed that, one black Toyota Highlander, the deceasedâ€™s Gionee M5 phone and original land documents were recovered from the suspects.
Meanwhile, the wife of the diseased, Mrs Salome Heaven Ihuigwe and the member representing Obio/Akpor Constituency 2 in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Michael Okechukwu Chinda, have urged the police to ensure justice for the late Ihuigwe.
Chindah, who was present at the scene of the parade said: â€œThe death of Heaven was a very big shock to my constituency, Obio/Akpor constituency 2. We felt very bad and his death would have resulted to massive destruction on properties as a result of rumours of persons that contributed to his murder.
â€œBut I thank the Nigerian Police Force, particularly the IGP monitoring group for having made the effort of fishing out the accused persons. This arrest has brought to rest all these rumours of who killed Heaven Ihuigwe.â€
Also speaking in tears, wife of the victim said: â€œThe death of my husband was a very big shock to me, because he left the house in the morning after five days of our twinsâ€™ dedication, they killed him innocently.
â€œAs at then when the incident happened, I didnâ€™t know where to stand. There were rumours coming from different angles as to who participated in his killing. But I thank God today the help of his brother Hon Francis Amadi and the IG monitoring unit, they have put smiles on my face, as at then I could not bear the pains of losing a husband who was not sick but was murdered in cold blood.â€
Also paraded was one Ngozi Egeonu, Roseline Okey and Rita Nwolu, who conspired to sell a two-month old baby of the later without the consent of the father.
The police also paraded the duo of Obele Sunday Kaboloobari and Barineka Simeon Norue who are alleged to have kidnapped one Cynthia Amaka Obiorah, wife of Dr Obiorah of UPTH and her daughter, Angel Ifechukwu Obiorah. The Police also paraded the leader of a criminal gang said to be operating along Elele-Omerelu, Anthony Nnamdi Omereji, a.k.a. Tompolo.