Husband arrested for allegedly masterminding abduction, gruesome murder of his wife in Abia

The Operatives of the Nigeria Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested four suspects in connection with the abduction and gruesome killing of the late Mrs Nneka Nwanyi-Sunday Emeh Kalu, who was earlier reported missing and later found dead in a cassava farm on 29th August 2021 in Ngugworo Community in Nguzu Edda in Afikpo South, Ebonyi State.

The suspects arrested were; Igwe Anya Chima, Okorie Okam, Irem Ifeanyi Mbah, and Emeh Kalu, the husband of the deceased and the principal suspect.

The four suspects are within the age bracket of 25 – 40years and all natives of Nguzu Edda village in Afikpo South Local Council Area of Ebonyi State.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Police Headquarters Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Wednesday.

According to Mba, investigations into the death of the victim followed complaints received from the people of Ngugworo community, Ebonyi State, a border town to Abia State where the victim resided when the decomposing body of the late Mrs Kalu was discovered in their community.

He said that the discrete investigations carried out by the Police team led to the arrest of the suspects.

“Investigations by the Police team revealed that Emeh Kalu – the husband of the deceased, in a bid to fraudulently and hastily ‘inherit’ his wife’s numerous assets including landed property, houses, money in the bank and thriving business, etc., procured the services of five other criminal elements to stage the abduction of his wife by luring her to meet him at a junction to pick up somethings for the house.

“Investigations further revealed how the criminals strangled her to death after obtaining necessary information on the whereabouts of title documents and other relevant papers of her possessions. Efforts are being intensified to arrest other suspects and persons indicted in the matter with a view to concluding the investigations,” the statement added.

The Force also condoled with the family of the deceased for the unfortunate loss and urged families and relatives to be their “brother’s keeper”, and provided prompt information to the Police that would assist in proactively containing crimes and all forms of gender-based violence.

However, all the suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation.


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