IMO state police command has said it is in custody of one Deberechi Chukwu described as one of the suspected killers of a retired Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, Christian Kpatuma, at Agwa community, in Oguta council area of the state.
According to reports by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Kpatuma was abducted at his residence by a group of young men suspected to be cultists. The group, the report noted, took him to a nearby bush where they allegedly slaughteder him before bringing back his corpse which they dumped in his compound.
In a statement, the state command’s spokesperson, Mike Abattam, CSP, disclosed that the suspects, whom he described as the leader of the cult group, was arrested arrested at a border, while trying to escape to a neighbouring state.
“On receipt of information that Kpatuma was taken to a nearby bush where he was killed and later the corpse was brought back and dumped in front of his compound, the Commissioner of Police, CP Rabiu Hussaini, immediately dispatched the command’s tactical teams to the Agwa community with a mandate to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
“On arrival, the team commenced discreet investigation and after diligent gathering of both forensic and technical intelligence, one of the suspects, Deberechi Chukwu, was arrested while escaping to a another state,” the statement read in part.
CSP Abattam disclosed further that in the course of investigation, it was discovered that the suspect is a notorious kidnapper that has earlier escapee from the Imo Correctional Center, Owerri, after which he recruited young men into his cult group and with whom he has been terrorising the Agwa community.
“It is also on record that he was involved in the killing of a lot of security personnel in the state.
“However, he has made useful statement and have volunteered assisting the police in the arrest of other members of his gang currently on the run,” he said.