Two suspected members of the gang that killed seven commercial motorcycle (keke) operators in Enugu recently, have been paraded by the police in Enugu.
Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Okechuku Nwodibo who paraded the suspects yesterday, said they allegedly committed the crime between January and March this year.
Nwodibo disclosed that the suspects-Nonso Azubuike and Kennedy Ihunego-engaged in crimes of killing commercial motorcycle operators in Abuja and stealing their motorcycles in 2014 before they relocated to Enugu this year.
The State police boss said the suspects had before their arrest, killed seven tricycle operators in Enugu between January and March this year.
He said they had a failed operation in Keffi in 2014 when a man they thought they had killed raised an alarm, leading to the arrest of Nonso Azubuike by the police, but Kennedy escaped.
Nwodibo said Nonso managed to get out of the case at Keffi and the two suspects later relocated to Enugu in January 2016 to continue their criminal activities.
“The Modus Operandi of the duo was to ask each tricycle operator conveying them to drop them at their purported building site, normally in a lonely place. They would then request the operator to carry block for them in the tricycle to another location. The tricycle operator would be hit by them with a very big iron hammer on the head and repeatedly as he bent to carry the block till he died.
“This was the method used in killing their seven victims on two dates each in January and March 2016 at various times of the days. In an instance, the head of one the victim was shattered”.
According to the commissioner, after killing and burying their victims, the suspects would thereafter take away their victims tricycles and sell them, adding that the tricycles were sold for between N205,000.00 and N350,000.00 at Enugu and Nnewi.
One of the suspects, who spoke to reporters, confirmed that they have killed many people in Enugu and Nasarawa, adding that they believed that killing their victims and stealing their tricyles was the best method.
In another development, the Commissioner disclosed that one Nkiruka Ekebo from Imama Iwollo Oghe in Ezeagu Local Government Area of the state and Nkechi Amaka from Makomumu Obosi in Anambra State have been arrested for allegedly selling a two and half year old male child at the cost of N250,000.
Narrating how the suspects were arrested, Nwodibo stated that on the 16th of March 2016, one Okechukwu Sunday of St Theresa secondary Oghe reported at the Ezeagu Police station that two children, male and female of his elder brother were missing.
According to the Enugu State police boss, his operatives swiftly swung into action and arrested Nkiruka Ekebo on the 17th march, 2016 at Imama Iwolo following intelligence, adding that the other suspect was also arrested after the first arrest was made.
He further disclosed that the female child was recovered, adding that it was later discovered that the male child identified as Akachukwu Okechukwu was already sold to Chito Ogbogu, who is still at large by the suspects at the cost of N250, 000.