Operatives
of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested three siblings for the gruesome murder of a widow identified as Mrs Janet Ogbonnaya.

It
was learnt that the widow was lured from Facebook by the suspects, who
allegedly poisoned and buried her corpse in a septic tank in a house in wumba
district with a location at lokogoma in Abuja.   


The
arrest of the suspects was a sequel to the complaint received from one Chinedu
Ogbonnaya, who alleged that his 55-year-old mother, a native of Ozuitem in the
Bende Local Government Area of Abia State had been kidnapped and N5m ransom
was being demanded by her captors.

The
suspects include Johnson, 38; Gideon, 31; and Success Emmanuel, 27, were
tracked down to their home town, Isiekenesi, in the Ideato Local Government
Area of Imo State, where they were hiding after killing Ogbonnaya in Abuja.

A
statement from the Force Public Relation Officer, Dcp  Frank Mba, said a painstaking investigation by
the police resulted in the arrest of the suspects, who in the course of interrogation,
revealed that the victim had been murdered and buried.

It
was gathered that the victim was a Facebook friend of the principal suspect,
Johnson, who lured her from her home in Gwagwalada to visit him.

Mba
said in a statement on Thursday, “The suspects, thereafter, took advantage of
the visit, served her yoghurt laced with drugs and subsequently had her
murdered.

“The
suspects buried her remains in a septic tank, then went ahead to reach out to
the family of the victim, using her phone, and demanded N5m ransom as
pre-condition for her release.

“The
suspects led a team of investigators and pathologists to a residence in the
Wumba District, Lokogoma, Abuja, where the victim’s decomposing body was
exhumed from the septic tank.

“The
body has been taken to the University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, for
forensic examination.”

The
police added that a Toyota Highlander SUV belonging to the deceased had been
recovered at a mechanic workshop in Apo, where it had been repainted into a
different colour.

The
force noted that the vehicle documents had also been fraudulently changed and
the ownership criminally transferred to Johnson.

Investigation
further revealed that the house, where the deceased was killed and buried,
originally belonged to one of the suspects, but it was hurriedly sold off to a third party, apparently to conceal the evidence of their evil action.

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