Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has arrested one Obinna Echianu for the kidnap and murder of a taxi cab driver who was hired to convey him and his accomplice to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road, Abuja.
The command also paraded 25 other kidnap and robbery suspects arrested at different locations in the FCT.
Parading the suspects on Tuesday in Abuja, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, explained that Echianu, 42, was arrested by the command special anti-kidnapping squad for the murder of the unnamed taxi operator.
He said the victim was murdered close to Gosa pedestrian bridge, Airport Road after he was robbed of his phone, cash and Nissan Primeria car which was driven away by the suspect to his house at Aba, Abia State.
Kimo said, “The suspect, who confessed to have personally carried out the dastardly act that led to the death of the deceased cab operator, said the criminal operation was perpetrated with the support of his cohort who is now at large.
“Efforts have been intensified to arrest his cohort and the suspect will be charged to court on conclusion of investigation.”
The CP said his command was able to arrest an armed robbery gang through its collaboration with the Nigeria Army Guards Brigade which intercepted the suspects.
He stated that five locally made pistols were recovered from the suspects-John Peter, 30; Solomon Atabo, 33; Salisu Suleiman, 29; Olobo Rilwan 25 and Emeka Umera, 34.
“The prime suspect, Peter, was arrested by the police after he went into hiding on receipt of information that four members of his gang had been arrested on March 6, 2017 by Nigerian Army, Guards Brigade before they were subsequently transferred to the command for further investigation, “Kimo added.