The Enugu State Police Command has announced the arrest of two kidnappers who allegedly were among those that abducted and murdered Rev. Fr. Clement Ugwu, a Catholic priest of Enugu Diocese, last month.
Rev. Fr. Ugwu was kidnapped in his parish, St. Mark Catholic Church, Obinofia Ndiuno in Ezeagu LGA of Enugu State, on March 13, shortly after he was said to have returned from a meeting. His decomposing body was found in a bush a week later.
The suspects arrested by police are Sunday Chibuko, a native of Umunna Ndiagu in Ezeagu LGA, aged 32 years; and Benjamin Osogwu, a native of Obollo Eke in Udenu LGA, aged 28 years. They were arrested in their hideout at Area I, Garki, Abuja, on March 28 by the operatives of the command working on intelligence information.
The criminals had allegedly used the late cleric’s ATM card to make several withdrawals.
At least two other cases of assassination that happened within days of Fr. Ugwu’s death are waiting for the Enugu Police Command’s action: the murder of the head of nursing in the Federal Psychiatric Hospital, Enugu, Dr Mary Amadi, and that of the administrative secretary of Uzo-Uwani local government who was also a senior lecturer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Dr Nnamdi Ogueche.