Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
The Police in Ebonyi on Tuesday, said they arrested four suspects over the murder of a Monarch in the state.
They also said another four other suspects were arrested for armed robbery and cultism in the state.
Spokesperson of the Command, Onome Onovwakpoyeya stated this in a statement on Tuesday.
She said that the murder suspects were involved in the killing of a 76-year-old Traditional Ruler, Mr Christopher Ewa, of Umuezeokaha community, Ezza North Local Government Area of the state.
The monarch was killed at his palace on Feb. 27.
Onovwakpoyeya said that at about about 20:45 hrs on Feb. 27, members of the dreaded gang of the Ayes confraternity invaded the palace, armed with AK47 riffle and other dangerous weapons.
The gang was led by one Nnabuike Emmanuel Egede, ‘m,’ aka “Champaign.”
“Other members are Chukwudi Aliewa, ‘m,’ Obinna Igwe, ‘m,’ aka Nwampepe, Okechukwu Nwamgbegbu, ‘m,’ and 30 others now at large.
She said the hoodlums gained access into the highly-fortified palace through the fence and on sighting Ewa, they shot him severally and abandoned his body in a pool of blood and fled into hiding.
“Sequel to the attack and gruesome murder of Ewa, an official report was made at Ezza North police Divisions, Achiagu, by one of his sons, Barr Igboke Samuel, and the case was later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Departments (SCID), Abakaliki, for discreet investigation,” she said.
The Spokesperson explained that the operatives of the Command swiftly swung into action immediately the case was transferred, which led to the arrest of the four male suspects.
She noted that the suspects were interrogated and they made useful statements, confessing to the crime.
“The suspects, in their various confessions, mentioned some of their cohorts currently at large, who participated actively in the crime.
“Meanwhile, effort are in top gear towards tracking them down for possible arrest and further investigation,” she added.
Onovwakpoyeya said that the command also arrested four other suspected cultists and robbers.
She listed some of the exhibits recovered from them to include: One motorcycle, three locally-made pistols, six rounds of nine MM live ammunition and two AA live cartridge.
“The three Suspects, Ogele Ifeanyichukwu, ‘m,’ Nwali Chukwunonso, ‘m,’ and Nwokwu Emeka, ‘m,’ volunteered their statement and confessed that they are members of a secret cult group, called Neo Black Movement (NBM).
“The suspects also confessed that the exhibits recovered in their possession were their properties, and the exhibits were usually kept in custody of Ogele Ifeanyichukwu who is their exhibit keeper,” the spokesperson added.
One of the suspects, Igwe Ndubisi, who is a tricycle operator, said he was not a member of the secret cult group and had no knowledge of their activities.