Police arrest 5 persons over alleged killing of a Naval Officer in Ebonyi


Aliuna Uchenna

No fewer than five persons was yesterday arrested at Ngbo community in Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi state by police officers from Zone 6 Headquarters of the Nigeria Police, Calabar, who allegedly abducted and killed a naval officer.

The late Naval Officer, whose name was given as Sub. Lt. David Igbashal, was alleged to have been abducted at Umuogodoakpu-Ngbo community, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area, few months ago on his way to Benue State.

He was said to have missed his way and entered into the Umuogodoakpu war zone where both Ebonyi and Benue states have over one hundred years lingering boundary disputes which have claimed hundreds of human lives.

It was gathered that the late Igbashal was billed to go and put final touches for his wedding ceremony slated to hold last February 22, 2020 before he was killed by warlords.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Zone 6 Headquarters Calabar, DSP Nelson Okpabi, made this known through in a statement signed and forwarded to Journalists in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi state.

According to Okpabi, the arrest was carried out by the Zone’s Anti-Corruption/X-Squad team, led by SP Emmanuel Ukwenya, at the weekend, which recovered the remains of the slain naval officer, at Umuogodoakpu-Ngbo community.

DSP Nelson said: “The Zone 6 Headquarters, Calabar, Saturday, 18 April, 2020, recorded a major break-through in arresting the killers of Naval Sub Lt. David Igbashal, who was abducted on 22 February, 2020 while on his way to Makurdi in Benue State to make arrangements for his wedding.

“The SP Emmanuel Ukwenya led team of the Zonal Anti-Corruption/X-Squad set up by AIG Zaki M. Ahmed, on Saturday, recovered the remains of the slained Sub Lt. at Umuogodo-Akpu iNgbo, Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State, a waring community with neighbouring Agila village, in Benue State.

“The team, which acted on a credible information, arrested five suspects in connection with the crime and they confessed to the commission of the heinous crime. They also took the detectives to the site where the murdered officer was buried.

“Meanwhile, investigation is in top gear and the suspects would be arraigned accordingly.” He said.

He added, “AIG in-charge of Zone 6 Headquarters Calabar, Zaki M. Ahmed, is using this opportunity to condole with the Nigerian Navy for the lost of the young officer; while calling on members of the public to obey government/NCDC directives on the Coronavirus and stay safe.

He also assured the general public of adequate security in this trying times and urged them to report suspected person(s) and report incidents to the police without hesitation.


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