The suspected killers of a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo, in Imo State have been arrested.
They were on Thursday paraded before newsmen by the state commissioner of police, Chris Ezike.
The prime suspect is a 32-year-old ex-corporal, Jude Madu. He is accused of masterminding the abduction and murder of the cleric.
Also paraded as co-killers are, Izuchukwu Okafor, 28, from Ukwukwa in Azia in Anambra state, Cyril Onyema, 29, from Okwelle in Imo state, Emmanuel Ozuigbo, 29, Ezeagu in Enugu state, Victor Ikechukwu, 33, from Obowo in Imo state and Ifechukwu Nwosu, 28, a native of Azia in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The CP said the operations which led to the arrest of the kidnappers cut across three states of Imo, Anambra and Rivers.
The late priest’s telephone and wrist watch were recovered from two out of the six suspects, he added.
Mr. Ezike said, “The investigating team using forensic technology and backed up by hard work, commitment, passion and hunger for success arrested ex-corporal Jude Madu who was found in possession of late Rev Fr Onunkwo’s Infinix telephone handset”.
He explained that the ex-corporal “was a member of the Armed robbery/kidnapping syndicate and took part in the operation. He holds a National Diploma from Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, and was arrested on September 5, at control post in Owerri in possession of the deceased’s phone. He has confessed to the crime.”
Rev Fr Onunkwo was kidnapped by his killers on Friday in Orlu, Imo State in his car while going home to organise the funeral of his father.
He was later found dead in Omumma, in the Oru East Local Government Area the next day, Saturday.
It is believed that he was strangled to death by his abductors.