Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have arrested the suspected killers of Austin Megwa, a pastor with Graceland Assembly Church until his death in August.
On Wednesday, October 23, the Imo State Police Command PRO, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the arrest of the “dreaded kidnappers.”
Ikeokwu revealed that the suspects, Moses Ijeoma, 39, and Ikenna Etiti, 29, were arrested in an operation led by the SARS Commander, Godfrey Victor, in Oguta Local Government Area of the state.
The suspects, according to Ikeokwu, were recently released from Owerri correctional prison for allegedly taking part in another kidnap operation.
“On October 16, these notorious and deadly kidnap suspects were arrested at Mgbala Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad following a tip in connection with the kidnap and murder of pastor Austin Megwa of Graceland Assembly Church on August 11, at Egbu road, Owerri," Ikeokwu stated.
“Suspects who were recently released from custody at the Owerri prison following their previous involvements in kidnap cases in the state, have made useful statements confessing to the crime and stating the roles they played in the kidnap and murder of the victim.
“During the operation which led to the subsequent arrest of the suspects, one of the suspects sustained gunshot injury on his right leg and was later taken to the Police Hospital where he was given treatment and discharged.
“Investigation is ongoing, as efforts have been intensified for the arrest of fleeing gang members.”