Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Police operatives from Ogidi Division, Anambra State have apprehended the Ojoto community vigilante commander and two others for the abduction and murder of a tricycle operator, Christian Oluchukwu Onah, a 25-year-old tricycle rider from Ovoko community, Igbo-Eze South LGA, Enugu State but residing in Oba, Idemili South LGA, Anambra State.
He was declared missing on 28th May 2023 when he failed to return after going out for the day’s business.
His neighbour in Oba had raised alarm over his whereabouts and subsequently reported to the police.
The owner of the tricycle, name withheld, said the missing Christian rides under hired purchase agreement. He disclosed that he engaged the services of a security tracker that eventually yielded positive fruits leading to the arrest of a man in possession of the missing tricycle used by Christian.
On further interrogation, the man confessed to buying the keke from Ojoto community vigilante operatives. When the police arrested the vigilante that sold the Keke to him, he also subsequently mentioned the vigilante commander as the one who masterminded the abduction and subsequent killing of Christian and allegedly throwing his corpse at Mmili John Ojoto, a popular river on that side of the community.
Christian’s father, Emmanuel Onah who raised alarm over the brutal murder of his struggling young son, has called for justice over the heinous act and lamented that another painful aspect of the ugly story is that the perpetrators have refused to disclose where they actually buried his son.
While calling for a thorough investigation, fishing out all who had a hand in the killing and total justice over the murder, he appealed to the police for diligent prosecution leading also to the recovery of his son’s body.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga said he has not been briefed about the incident.