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Imo: Police arrest suspected killers of General Duru, others


The Imo State Police Command has announced the suspected killers of Major General Richard Duru (rtd).

The police operatives also recovered 552 live rounds of ammunition.

Briefing journalists at the Police Headquarters in Owerri, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Henry Okoye, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, CP Aboki Danjuma, stated that the successful outcome of the arrest was a result of the proactive operational strategies adopted by the men and officers of the command in the fight against violent crimes and other related offences in the state.

He said that one of the breakthroughs recorded by the command was the arrest of killers of Major General Richard Duru, Rtd, who was said to have been kidnapped along Bishops Court, Area 7, Orji/Uratta Owerri in his black Mercedes but was later killed after collecting 50,000 dollars ransom from his family.

He further informed that the arrest of the killers of the general was carried out by the operatives of anti-kidnapping unit of the command through a sustained follow up of intelligent gathering that led to the apprehension of the gang leader and other members of the terror group.

The Police Public Relations Officer also revealed that one of the suspects, Chukwunonso Emmanuel, from Idemili North LGA Anambra State, was arrested in Lagos while trying to obtain a new number plate for the general’s Mercedes Benz car.

He explained further that his arrest led to the arrest of the other two members of the gang, Okoroigwe Goodness and Innocent Ogu and they confessed to the crime.

Okoye maintained that over the past two months, the command had recorded significant achievements in the onslaught against crime and criminality in the state, resulting in the arrest of 435 suspects for various criminal offenses ranging from murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, terrorism, advance fee-fraud, cultism activities, stealing and receiving stolen properties.

“A total of 48 different firearms and 552 various calibers of live ammunition were recovered in the course of intelligence-led operations, continuous raids of suspected criminal hideouts, and painstaking investigations during which 13 kidnapped victims were rescued unhurt and 10 snatched vehicles were recovered,” he said.

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