The Imo State Police Command on Monday arrested a 20-year-old self-confessed member of Aye confraternity for allegedly killing a graduate of the Imo State University, IMSU.
The suspect, Obinna Chigozie Onuoha alias Nwa Pastor, who had been on the command’s wanted list for robbery, murder and cultism, was arrested at a beach in Mechanic Village, Nekede, in Owerri West Local Government Area.The state police spokesman, Deputy Superintendent Andrew Ekwerem, paraded the suspect before newsmen on Tuesday, recalling that the deceased, identified simply as Chikabala, had gone to complete his clearance at the university, preparatory for the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, programme when he was attacked by suspected cultists in front of the school gate.
“His assailants shot him thrice and left him dead in August last year,” Ekwerem added, noting that over 25 other suspects, who were involved in separate criminal acts, were arrested alongside Onuoha. “The arrest was in line with Imo State Police Command’s Operation Nkpochapu Phase II (wipe out criminals).“Some of the arrested suspects have been charged to court, while others are still undergoing thorough investigation,” the spokesperson added.
In his confession before newsmen at the state police headquarters in Owerri, the state capital, the suspect said since his involvement in crime, he had killed three persons. He said, “I am a member of Aye cult group. We attack rival cultists anywhere, any day and any time. I don’t attack rival cultists alone. Our members walk in group.
“Among those we have killed was Chibuike. I was the one that shot him at Douglas Road, Owerri. He was a member of a rival cult group. Another victim was Zaiki, who sold CD plates. I fired the shot that killed him at Ikenegbu Road.
“There was also a motorcyclist we killed at Mbaise Road. “My members were responsible for the murder of Chikalaba in front of IMSU gate. We were five that carried out that butcher attack. “Their names are Shiba, Nonso, Freedom and Brano. Other members of our group are Black Fela, Owite, Pharoah and Ludacris. “We kill rival group at sight because if we don’t, they will kill us,” Nwa Pastor revealed.