*Offer N2m for more clues
By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA â€” INSPECTOR-General of Police, Ogbonna Onovo, said yesterday that the Police have arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of The Guardianâ€™s Assistant News EditorÂ killed in his home in Lagos on September 20, this year, just as he announced a N2 million reward for anybody with more information that would help the police solve the riddle of the murder.
Also, the I-G paraded a robbery/kidnapping kingpin, who confessed to being a member of an eight-man gang that not only kidnapped Chief G.U.O Okeke of GUO Motors and demanded N50 million ransom, but has been terrorising the people of Delta and Anambra states.
According to the IG, â€œI want to recall the painful murder of the Assistant Political Editor of The Guardian Newspapers on 20th September, 2009 in Lagos State. Police investigation is progressing and some suspects have been arrested while more are to be arrested as soon as more facts emerge about their location and involvement.
â€œHowever, the opportunity of this forum may not be appropriate to state beyond what has been stated. I have also ordered a reward of two million naira for anyone who volunteers useful information to the police in this circumstance. To the media, I note your pains with all sense of responsibility and assure you that with God on our side, we shall surely unravel this murder caseâ€.
On the kidnapping of Chief Okeke and Chief Anthony Enukeme, CEO of Tonimas Oil Nig. Ltd, the IG said, â€œOn the 17th of October 2009, a Police/Vigilante collaborative effort led to the arrest of one Emeka Eze, a notorious armed robbery/kidnapping suspect in his hideout at Asaba, Delta state. On interrogation, the suspect confessed to being the brain behind numerous armed robbery and kidnapping operations in the
South-East, especially Anambra state.
â€œHe particularly confessed to participating in the kidnap of Chief GUO Okeke of GUO Motors and Chief Anthony Anukeme of Tonimas Oil Ltd. Following these confessions, a search was executed in the suspectâ€™s hideout at Ubarunisoghe village, Nando, Anambra state and a large cache of arms and ammunition were recovered.
â€œThe weapons include five AK-47 rifles (all serviceable); two GPMGs, one rocket launcher; five rocket propellers; three rockets; 5,830 AK-47 live ammunition; 1,125 rounds of GPMG live ammunition; 124 empty magazines of AK-47 rifle; one K2 rifle and two empty magazines and one loaded gun with 20 rounds of live ammunition.â€
Also, the IG disclosed that in the spirit of the amnesty programme of the Federal Government, youths from Kogi State (Kogi Central Senatorial district) have embraced the programme by surrendering the following arms, â€œone G3 rifle with magazine; 3 AK-47 rifles with magazine; 3 pump action rifles; one model 70 rifle; one double-barrel long gun and one broken single barrel gun.
â€œOthers (Ejule in Ofu LG of Kogi State) are twelve pump action rifles; four AK-47 rifles with magazines; one G3 rifle with magazine; one locally-made Barretta pistol with magazine; two AK-47 rifles with magazines and one pump action rifle.â€
Also, the I-G said in response to a distress call on the kidnapping of Chief Bernard Nwora, CEO of Bethel group of companies in Abuja on October 17, the police, FCT Command, rescued the victim unhurt, arrested some suspects who confessed to the crime.
He gave their names as John Okpo, Justus Emeka Alex, Johnson Asogwo, Marcus Eze and Victor Alex while four locally-made pistols, 17 live cartridges, fourteen packets of knock out explosives, the victimâ€™s handset and a black belt were recovered from them.