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Police Uncover Decomposed Bodies, Arrest 5 Suspects In Imo | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Jan 30, 2024


The Imo State Police Command has discovered two decomposed bodies in a forest located between Ihiagwa, Abu, and Obinze community in Owerri West Local Government Area.

The bodies are believed to be victims of suspected abductions who were allegedly killed by kidnappers and criminals.

Imo State Commissioner of Police, Danjuma Aboki, led a team of police officers, local hunters, vigilantes, and journalists to the bush where the bodies were found.

The operation, conducted by the Imo State Police Command Special Tactical Unit, resulted in the arrest of five suspected kidnappers identified as Muazu Awuta, Abdullahi Abubakar, Ozeru Sabo, Saddam Suleiman, and Bashir Yahaya—all from Jau LGA of Jigawa State.

The police spokesman, Henry Okoye, stated in a Monday statement in Owerri that the suspects are currently under investigation.

He said that the arrested individuals have provided valuable information that could lead to the apprehension of other syndicates involved in criminal activities in the state.

Additionally, various items such as telephones, wristwatches, shoes, and slippers were found at the scene. Furthermore, five operational motorcycles belonging to the suspected kidnappers were seized.

The command plans to conduct further DNA confirmatory tests to determine the identity of the deceased.

The statement highlighted the ongoing efforts to thoroughly comb the forest and other areas in the state to eliminate all forms of crime and criminality.

“Operatives of the Imo State Police Command Special Tactical Unit led by the Commissioner of Police, CP Aboki Danjuma in synergy with some local hunters stormed a suspected kidnapper’s hideout in a forest between Avu and Ihiagwa, on 29/01/2024 and arrested of 5 suspected kidnappers namely; Muazu Awuta, 30 ‘m’ yrs, Abdullahi Abubakar, ‘m’ 32yrs, Ozeru Sabo ‘m’ 25yrs, Saddam Suleiman, ‘m’ 27yrs, Bashir Yahaya, ‘m’, 28yrs all of Jau LGA of Jigawa State.

“The suspects are currently undergoing investigation and have provided useful information to the Police that will lead to the arrest of other syndicates at large.

“On combing the forest, two decomposing unidentified corpses suspected to be kidnapped victims and other items like telephones, wristwatches, shoes, and slippers were recovered. The command intends to carry out further DNA confirmatory tests to ascertain the identity of the deceased. Five operational motorcycles of the suspected kidnappers were also recovered.”

The Commissioner of Police urged the public to report any valuable information that could assist in apprehending criminals and securing the safety of the state.

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