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Policemen Arrest Suspects For The Murder Of Two Enugu Catholic Priests

Jayfred Ugo

The Enugu State Police Command confirmed on Friday that the suspected killers of a Catholic Church Priest, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, have been arrested.

According to the police, two suspects from Taraba State identified as Idris, 28, and Ibrahim Adamu, 25, have been paraded whilst three others involved in the killing are still at large.

One of the suspects, Adamu, confessed to newsmen that he came to Enugu to learn the skill of cow rearing but he later joined the gang to terrorize and kill people in the state. He confirmed that the other gang member arrested with him, Idris, was their food supplier.

The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, CP Suleiman Balarabe, disclosed this at a press briefing at the command’s headquarters in Enugu. Suleiman also claimed that over 30 suspects were in custody, giving useful information about the recent kidnappings and killings in the state.

According to him, the 30 suspects, including the Killers of Fr. Offu, the parish priest of St James Catholic Church, Ugboka, and the kidnappers of the traditional ruler of Obum-Agbogwuwu, His Royal Highness, Igwe Sunday Orji, and his wife along Agbogwugwu-Ihe junction on August 4, 2019, were paraded by the police.

The police also confirmed the arrest of the killers of Rev. Fr. Clement Rapuluchukwu, the parish priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Obunofia Ndiuno in Ezeagu LGA, on March 14, 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 in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States respectively. The 4th suspect, Kelechi, from Oji-River is still at large.

The suspected killers of Rev. Fr Clement confessed that they caught the cleric after pursuing him into a building he had run into for cover. They went on to take his ATM, withdrew cash from his account and bought malt for the Reverend father to drink but he died soon after as a result of the injury he sustained from the gunshot wounds inflicted on him by the suspects.