Police parade suspected killers of Rev Fr Offu, others in Enugu

By AdvocateNews on 17/08/2019

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Two suspected killers of Rev Fr Offu
Two suspected killers of Rev Fr Offu

Two herdsmen, Ibrahim Adamu and another identified as Idris have been arrested in connection with the recent murder of a Catholic Church Priest, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu in Enugu state. 

The two Fulani herdsmen, who confessed to the crime were among 30 suspected criminals paraded by the Commissioner of Police in Enugu state, CP Suleiman Balarabe on Friday. 

Fr. Offu was murdered on August 1, 2019 while driving along the Ihe - Agbogugu  road in Awgu local government area of the State, a development that sparked outrage from different quarters. 

The police paraded 30 suspects, including killers of Fr. Offu, who was the parish priest of St James Catholic Church, Ugbawka, and the kidnappers of the traditional ruler of Obum-Agbogwuwu, His Royal Highness, Igwe Sunday Orji and his wife,  who were abducted along Agbogwugwu-Ihe junction on the 4th of August, 2019.

Paraded as suspected killers of Fr. Offu were 25 years old Ibrahim Adamu, from Taraba State and Idris, 28 year's while three other members of the gang are 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 police also paraded some members of the gang responsible for the murder of Rev. Fr. Clement Rapuluchukwu, the parish priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Obunofia Ndiuno in Ezeagu LGA on the 14th of March, 2019.

The suspects, Sunday Chibuko, 32 years, from Ezeagu LGA, Benjamin Osondu,28 years, from Udenu LGA and Wasiu Ajomale from Ogun State were arrested at Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states respectively. The 4th suspect, Kelechi from Oji-River is still at large.

The suspects confessed to killing the cleric after pursuing him into a building he ran into for safety when the gang struck. 

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 police said.

The police commissioner said in the case of kidnapping and rape of the passengers on board FF.G. Onyenwe Motors 14-seater bus transit from Abuja-Aba along Makurdi –Enugu Expressway by Iheaka junction in Igboeze Soutth LGA of Enugu State, some suspects were arrested.

They are: Osigbo Chijioke, 23, from Umuokpu Inyi in Igbo- Eze North LGA of Enugu state; and Chukwujekwu Ugwu, 23, of Amaoba Inyi, also from Igbo-Eze North LGA.

The CP said investigation of the various criminal acts committed by the arrested gang members was ongoing, assuring that efforts would be intensified to apprehend the fleeing suspects.  

Posted 17/08/2019 06:53:38 AM


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