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Anambra police arrest of four suspected killers of community leader

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The Anambra State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of four suspects in connection to the killing of the President-General of Umuoji community in Idemili North Local Government Area, Chief Silas Onyima.

A statement by the police spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, on Tuesday, stated that the suspects were apprehended by the police detectives working with Umuoji vigilante.

The deceased was murdered in his home last Friday when some assailants invaded the premises.

It was gathered that the hoodlums shot him right in the bathroom while he was taking his bath, after inflicting him with several matchet cuts.

Ikenga said the handset and Automated Teller Machine card of the deceased were also recovered from the suspects, adding that in their confession, they named four other accomplices who are now being hunted for by the police.

He said, “Police detectives of Anambra State Command working with Umuoji Vigilante have apprehended the suspected killers of the town’s President-General, who was murdered in his home at the weekend.

“Four suspects have been arrested so far. The handset and ATM card of the deceased were recovered from them. In their confession, they named four other accomplices who are now being hunted for by the police.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, who was away in Ibadan on official assignment for the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Police Games rushed back home when the news of the murder broke, to coordinate police effort at unravelling the crime.

“The CP who commended the Police in Ogidi and Umuoji Vigilante for working together to apprehend the suspected perpetrators has directed the State Criminal Investigation Department to deploy its Forensic team to scene of crime and take over the investigation.

“He has mandated the Homicide Team in State CID to apprehend the four accomplices still on the run and unravel the motive behind the gruesome crime.”

He added that the Commissioner of Police has also assured presidents-general across the state that their safety is of primary concern to the Police as they represent their people in governance by their town unions.

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