Police arrest three over murder of Enugu lawyer

Nigeria Police patrol
Nigeria Police patrol

The police in Enugu have confirmed the arrest of an Enugu town union president and three other natives of the same community for alleged involvement in the killing of Ejimofor Ozongwu, a lawyer, who was murdered in his hometown Okwojo, Ngwo in Udi local council of Enugu State on December 23.

The deceased, an executive secretary of the Enugu State Committee for the Creation of Adada State, was lured from where he was attending a wedding in Enugu, ambushed and murdered in cold blood.

Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu (DSP), who confirmed the arrest, gave the names of the suspects as Denis Ozongwu, Sebastian Offor and two others, whose names were yet to be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.

The police spokesperson said in Enugu that the President General of the Okwojo town union Dennis Ozongwo had alleged that he was shot at by the deceased but dismissed the claims explaining that investigations suggests that the wound he sustained came after the deceased had been killed.

Amaraizu disclosed that the manhunt for the perpetrators of the dastardly act is on assuring that the police was working round the clock to apprehend the culprits and all those who had a hand in the murder.

Already the people of Okwojo in their numbers led by the traditional Prime Minister Ozo Ramsey Onyia have paid a solidarity/condolence visit to the family washing their hands off the act, which they described as an abomination.

Ozo Onyi, who spoke during the visit, also noted that those who may have been involved whenever they are unveiled remained persona non grata in the community describing the deceased as the only practising lawyer in the community who had borne the legal burden of his people while alive.

Brother to the deceased, Eric Ozongwu, related the death of his elder brother to a certain land tussle where the late lawyer has been farming for more than 30 years pointing accusing fingers to close family relations.

He vowed that the family would do everything possible to ensure that those behind the murder were brought to book, stressing that “Ejimofor’s death will not be in vain.” (The Guardian)

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