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Police nab man for masterminding wife’s abduction, murder

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Operatives of the Nigeria Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested four suspects for their involvement in the abduction and gruesome killing of one Mrs Nneka Nwanyi-Sunday Emeh Kalu.

The victim was earlier reported missing and later found dead in a cassava farm on August 29 in Ngugworo Community, Nguzu Edda in Afikpo South, Ebonyi State.

The suspects currently in police custody are Irem Ifeanyi Mbah, Igwe Anya Chima, Okorie Okam and Emeh Kalu who happens to be the husband of the deceased and the principal suspect.

The suspects, said to fall within the age bracket of 25-40 years, are natives of Nguzu Edda village in Afikpo South Local Council Area of Ebonyi State.

Confirming the development in a statement on Wednesday, Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba stated that investigations following a complaint from residents of the community where the victim’s decomposing body was dumped led to the arrest of the four suspects.

“Investigations by the Police team revealed that Emeh Kalu – the husband of the deceased, in a bid to fraudulently and hastily ‘inherit’ his wife’s numerous assets including landed property, houses, money in bank and thriving business, etc, procured the services of five (5) other criminal elements to stage the abduction of his wife by luring her to meet him at a junction to pick up somethings for the house.

“Investigations further revealed how the criminals strangled her to death after obtaining necessary information on the whereabouts of title documents and other relevant papers of her possessions. Efforts are being intensified to arrest other suspects and persons indicted in the matter with a view to concluding the investigations,” the statement added.

The police spokesperson added that the Force, while condoling the family of the deceased for the unfortunate loss, enjoin families and relatives to be provide prompt information that would assist in proactively containing crimes and all forms of gender-based violence.

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