Vanguard (Lagos)

8 February 2013

Nigeria: Police Nab Alleged Killers of Imo Director of Protocol

Owerri — Imo State Police Command, yesterday, paraded two suspects --Udoka Ibe (28) and Chigaemezu Onyenwenu (27)-- in connection with the brutal murder of the State Deputy Governor's Director of Protocol, Mr. Laz Anyanwu.

Addressing journalists in the State Police Command, Owerri, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Vitalis Onugu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, described the arrest of the duo as "a breakthrough."

While saying that Ibe and Onyenwenu are natives of Amaimo, Ikeduru Local Government Area and Orodo, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State respectively, the PPRO equally disclosed that Anambra State Police Command was investigating them for kidnapping and armed robbery.

He said: "When their respective homes were searched, three AK 47 rifles, 280 rounds of ammunition and 23 magazines were recovered from the suspects. These exhibits are still with Anambra State Police Command."

Confirming their involvement in the gruesome murder of Laz Anyanwu, one of the suspects, Udoka Ibe, said their target was to snatch the man's vehicle.

According to Ibeh,"one Chukwu and Ikay sent us to go and take the man's vehicle. Somewhere along the way, the man attempted to snatch the gun Chigaemezu was holding. Two of them fell off from the car. I stopped the car, came out of the vehicle and shot him in his leg."

Although he did not give the surnames of those who sent them, the suspects equally did not give account of how they finished their victim off.

"We wanted to bury him in a plantain plantation but later decided against it. We, however, decided to drop him close to the road," the suspect said.

Meanwhile, Laz Anyanwu was yesterday laid to rest in his Amaimo, Ikeduru Local Government Area country home amidst weeping and curses.

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