By Our Reporter
Commissioner of police in the state, CP Suleiman Balarabe, who announced the development, paraded 30 suspects, including killers of Fr. Offu, the parish priest of St James Catholic Church, Ugbawka, and the kidnappers of the traditional ruler of Obum-Agbogwuwu, Igwe Sunday Orji and his wife.
One of the suspects told journalists that he joined a gang after he arrived the state to learn cattle rearing.
Those paraded as suspects are Ibrahim Adamu, 25 years from Taraba state and Idris, 28 years, and three others still at large.
Speaking to journalists, one of the suspects, Ibrahim Adamu said, he came to Enugu to learn the skill of cow rearing but that from there, he joined the gang. He also confessed that his gang member arrested with him, Idris supplies them with food stuff.
The suspects Sunday Chibuko, 32 years, from Ezeagulocal government area, Benjamin Osondu,28 years, from Udenulocal government area and WasiuAjomale from Ogun state were arrested at Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states respectively. The 4th suspect, Kelechi, from Oji-River is still at large.
“They have made useful confessional statements of their involvement in the murder of the Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Clement Ugwu after painstaking investigation of the case for some months now. Also, another four suspects involved in the recent murder of Rev. Fr. Paul Offu and the kidnap of a monarch and his wife in the Awgulocal government area on August 1 and August 2 are currently in police custody.
“The four suspects were arrested in Benue and Abiastates and they have also confessed to the crime as well. While the command had intensified its investigation and manhunt for the remaining four suspects mentioned to be involved in the recent criminal activities in Awgu axis of the state,’’ the CP said.
The suspects confessed to killing the cleric after pursuing him into a building he ran into for cover.
Before killing the priest, they took him to an ATM, withdrew cash from his account and bought malt for him to drink before giving up the ghost as a result of the gunshots on his leg.
The commissioner, however, said that apart from those suspects involved in heinous crimes, the Command arrested scores of cultists, who had been terrorizing members of the public and neighbourhoods in the state.
“The activities of these cultists had led to destruction of property and injuries to themselves and unsuspecting members of the public as well. However, the Command is resolute in check cultism and all forms of its manifestation,’’ he said.
He noted that the operatives of the Command also arrested some armed robbers and criminals that engaged burglary as well as a gun manufacturer in Udi Local Government Area of the state.
He added that the command had placed additional security operatives and strategies in various axis of the state where criminals usually use as easy attack points especially along Enugu-Port Harcourt road and some communities.
“I will assure the good people of Enugu State that the Command is working tirelessly to ensure that criminal elements are apprehended and the state remains safe and secured. The Command will never rest on its responsibility until criminals are brought to book; while the state will continue to remain the safest state in the country,’’ he said.