By Jude Atupulazi
The Anambra State Police Command has arrested another suspect believed to have taken part in the killing of the President General of Nimo Community last April, Chief Frank Anthony Igboka. The suspect is Ernest Okoye, alias IBB. His arrest came barely a week after a principal suspect in the saga, Chigbo Anyaegbu, from Nimo, was arrested.
The latest suspect, 34 years old, claims to be a quantity surveyor with Julius Berger Company and hails from Obosi in Idemili North Local Council. He was traced and arrested in his hideout at old INEC Road, Awka.
Parading the suspect last Monday at the Police Headquarters, Amawbia, the State Police Commissioner, Mustapha Dandaura, said the suspect had confessed to being among the gang members that shot and killed the President General.
‘He is equally assisting the police with useful information that will lead to unveiling the circumstances surrounding the incident and subsequent arrest of other fleeing accomplices,’ Dandaura stated.
In an interview with the suspect, he said that he got involved because he went to his friend with nickname, Nwasami, who happened to be one of the fleeing suspects, to collect the sum of N10, 000 he lent to him.
According to Okoye, ‘He asked me to join the motor so we could go and collect it from someone at Nimo (sic). When we got toNimo, two of them called Nwasami and Nwa Barrack left the motor (sic), leaving me. Suddenly, I heard gun shots.
‘I started shivering when they came back and they warned me that if I say anything about that night, they will visit me and wipe out my entire family. That is the much I know about this crime,’ Okoye claimed.
It would be recalled that late Frank Igboka, who was also a member of Anambra House of Assembly in 2003-2007 was murdered in cold blood on April 16 last month around the town’s market by some hired killers.
However the Commissioner of Police remarked that one major factor for the overall success of the operations carried out in getting the suspects was the support of Governor Willie Obiano and the people of the state.
He said, ‘These people were observed to have been very cooperative with the Law Enforcement Agencies. I acknowledge this fact and urge the people of the state to sustain this level of cooperation.’