. . Obiano Increased Cash Reward from 5m to 15m for Anyone Who Could Provide Useful Information Leading to Arrest of Remaining Three Fleeing Suspects
By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Comissioner of Police Anambra State command, CP Mustapha Dan Daura last Monday, 29th April, paraded the key suspect in the murder of President General of Nimo Town Union and former House of Assembly member, Late Chief Frank Anthony Igboka.
The suspect, Mr Chigbo Anyaegbu a.k.a Transformer, 27 years old, hails from Nimo and lives in the same neighborhood with the assassinated PG. The suspect confessed to having three accomplices who are currently at large.
The suspected accomplices are:
1. Smart ( Surname unknown) from Aguleri
2. Chukwunonso alias Nwa Sammy from Obosi
3. Obinna Okafor from Onitsha
The suspect confessed that they carried out the act because his gang was banished from the community by the deceased
However, he denied being the one that shot the deceased, who was also the president General of Nimo Development Union NDU.
The suspect said the deceased had chased members of his gang from the town, insisting they would not return until they turned a new life.
Anyaegbu, who confessed being a member of Vikings cult group, however said he ignorantly joined the gang in the vehicle from a neighboring town to his community.
He said, ‘I was at Oye-olise when they picked me. They told me to join them for an operation, but was not told that the operation involved the killing of Igboka.
‘That was why I was speechless when they started shooting the man. I don’t have any personal issue with him. After all, two of us are from the same village.
The only mistake I made was entering the vehicle without confirming exactly where they were headed.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police , Mustapha Dandaura said the governor of the state, Willie Obiano has increased the cash reward of N5m earlier promised to anybody with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the remaining suspects to N15million.
Addressing reporters at the police headquarters at Amawbia , the commissioner said the increment followed the arrest of the kingpin who hailed from the same community as the slain Igboka.
He said three of the members of the gang were at still large, adding that efforts were being made to track them.
The CP gave their names as Chukwunonso (alias, Nwasami), Smart, whose surname was not given and Obinna Okafor.
According to Dandaura, ‘I’m happy to announce that
His Excellency has increased the price of anybody who can lead the police to arrest of the remaining three suspects to N5million each.
‘It would be recalled that on the 16th of April,2019 at about 8.18pm, the President General Nimo community one Chief Frank Anthony Igboka was shot and murdered by gunmen around Nimo market in Njikoka LGA of Anambra State.
‘Following the incident, the Command under my watch launched an aggressive manhunt of perpetrators of this dastardly act which led to the arrest of the main kingpin one Chigbo Aniegbu aka Transformer, aged 27 years of Abba, Nimo in connection with the murder of the late President General.
‘Other gang members are at large and effort is being intensified to apprehend them”
Describing the month of April as a blessing to the command following harvests of arrests recorded in the month, Dandaura, disclosed that a total of 265 suspects were arrested.
CP Dan Daura declared the command’s readiness to arrest the fleeing suspects. He also paraded other suspects arrested for murder, cultism and drug trafficking.
Gov. Willie Obiano had earlier declared a reward of N5m for anyone who would aid the arrest of the suspects by providing useful information to the police.
The Governor had however increased the reward to N5m per suspect making it a total of N15m. This is in a bid to ensure that the fleeing suspects are arrested as soon as possible.
The public was encouraged to assist the police with any useful information.