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The arrest of four suspects believed to be responsible for the death of a community leader in Anambra



Confirming the incident, the Anambra State Police Command announced the apprehension of four individuals suspected to be involved in the killing of the President-General of Umuoji community in Idemili North Local Government Area, Chief Silas Onyima.

In a statement released by the police spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, it was revealed that the suspects were captured by police detectives collaborating with Umuoji vigilante group.

The late Chief Onyima was tragically murdered in his residence last Friday by unknown assailants.

Reports indicate that the perpetrators shot him in the bathroom while he was bathing, before inflicting numerous machete wounds on him.

In a significant development, Ikenga disclosed that the personal phone and ATM card of the deceased were found in possession of the suspects. Furthermore, during their interrogation, they implicated four other individuals who are presently being pursued by law enforcement.

According to Ikenga, “The Anambra State Police detectives working alongside Umuoji Vigilante apprehended the alleged perpetrators of the recent homicide targeting the town’s President-General.

“A total of four suspects have been taken into custody. Noteworthy items belonging to the deceased such as his phone and ATM card were retrieved from them. The detainees have identified four additional collaborators who are now subjects of a police manhunt.”

He continued, “The Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, who was attending official matters in Ibadan, swiftly returned upon hearing of the incident to oversee the investigative efforts of the police in uncovering the truth behind the crime.

“Commending the collaborative efforts of the Police in Ogidi and Umuoji Vigilante in the apprehension of the suspects, the CP has directed the State Criminal Investigation Department to send a Forensic team to the crime scene for further investigation.

“He has tasked the Homicide Team at State CID with the responsibility of capturing the four fugitives and exploring the motives behind this heinous act.”

It was also reported that the Commissioner of Police has guaranteed the safety of community leaders throughout the state, emphasizing the pivotal role they play in representing their constituents in local governance.