Father, son, others paraded for kidnap, murder of APC lawyer, Ken Atsuwete
Barely two months after the kidnap and gruesome murder of a Port Harcourt-based human rights lawyer, Mr. Ken Atsuwete, a father, his son and two others have been arrested for their alleged involvement.
The deceased was one of the lawyers handling a case for the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State and was murdered in cold blood on August 29 along Onuchiolu Road, Aluu in Ikwerre Local Government Area, LGA.
Recall that following his assassination, the state Police Command had vowed that the killers would be brought to book.
While briefing journalists in Abuja about their operation, Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, Don Awunah, said “The four suspects – Chibiko James Amuzuo Okwuono, Amadi Nathaniel, Ezims Aleru and Junior Aleru, were arrested in connection with the case.
“The suspects were arrested by the IGP’s Monitoring Unit based in Port Harcourt after investigation and exhibits including one AK 47 rifle, 124 live ammunition and four AK 47 magazines, were recovered from them.
“The leader of the gang, Chibiko James, is a 22-year-old native of Umuchie in Omuna Local Governmnet Area of Rivers State. He is a self-confessed member of the Iceland Cult group, Kelga Marinner and a notorious kidnapper.
“He also confessed to have led his gang of armed men to murder the deceased. The AK 47 rifle with which he killed the deceased was recovered.”
Awunah further stated that contrary to wide public suspicion that he (James) was hired to assassinate the deceased, the suspect, according to his statement, revealed that the murder was a result of botched kidnap attempt.
“James also said that other members of the gang confessed to committing the crime. The suspects, in what appeared to be a blame game, blamed each other for the crime.
“The gang leader, Chibiko James, explained that Ezims Aleru and his wife were responsible for the operation.
“According to him, “this man (Ezims) led us into all these things. He and his wife are responsible for this operation.”
Another member of the gang, Nathaniel Amadi, 21, confessed, saying “We did it, but it was not intentional. I joined the gang because my father was killed, our house was burnt and my mother is sick in the hospital.
“We did not know that the man we kidnapped was a lawyer. The man died because he was struggling and dragging the gun with us and while we were struggling, he mistakenly shot himself in the leg and died.
“We didn’t intend to kill him. We were not sent or hired by anyone to do the job. We didn’t even know who he was.
“We saw his car approaching us on the road and we decided to stop him and try our luck. We actually wanted to kidnap him for ransom, but he ended up dead,” Amadi added.
The FPRO, however, noted that the suspects will be arraigned and made to face the law.
Via Daily Post