Anambra State Command of the Nigeria Police, Friday, paraded three members of a criminal gang that killed a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Awka, in September this year.
The INEC staff identified as Mr Osita Duruoha was killed and his body dumped in a nearby bush after the attackers had also disposed him of his commercial mini-bus.
The suspected killers of the INEC staff were among several others paraded at the command’s headquarters, Amawbia, for various criminal offences.
The late Duruoha was reported missing on Wednesday, 28th September 2022, by the INEC Office in Anambra State.
However, on Thursday, 29th September, his body was found along Isu-Aniocha-Urum road in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State, where unknown persons dumped him.
One of the suspects paraded for killing the late INEC staff, Mr Nwobodo Samuel Obumneme said he, alongside two of his gang members allegedly strangled Duruoha, with the aim of dispossessing him of his shuttle bus.
Addressing journalists while parading the suspects, the Anambra State police commissioner, CP Echeng Echeng said: “On 28th September, 2022, a 2-man gang of armed robbers who specialize in snatching shuttle buses around Ifite-Awka, pretended to be passengers and boarded a shuttle bus belonging and driven by an INEC Staff, Mr. Osita Duruoha ‘m’ 43yrs.
“The duo boarded the shuttle bus at Ifite on the pretence that they were going to Isu-Anaocha on an agreed fare of N3,000.
“On getting to Urum/Isu-anaocha road which is an Isolated area the duo ordered the driver to stop and one of the suspects, Chinedu Malachi who was seated behind the driver used a rope to strangulate the driver from behind.
“Thereafter, they dumped the corpse of the deceased in a nearby bush and drove the shuttle bus to Enugu where they wanted to sell it.
“Detectives from State CID were able to arrest the suspects in Enugu and the deceased shuttle bus recovered.
“The suspects namely; Nwobodo Samuel Obumneme ‘m’ aged 26yrs, Malachi Chinedu Uzorchukwu ‘m’ 28yrs and Ifecchinachi Ogechukwu ‘m’, aged 28yrs have since confessed to the crime and will soon be charged to court.”
In his confession, Nwobodo said: “We hired him to use his shuttle bus to take us to Urum from Ifite, and our intention was to steal his bus, but later we had to strangle him and take the bus.”