By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Kogi State Police Command have arrested no fewer than 28 suspected criminals including one Vincent Omogor in connection with the killing of Lokoja based business mogul and supper market owner late Mr. Nicholas Ofodile.
The Lokoja based business mogul was allegedly killed by kidnappers along Lokoja -Abuja highway last month.
The late Ofodile (aka Chucks) was killed last month along Lokoja-Abuja road by some gunmen and was reported to have murdered by kidnappers along with other victims.
While addressing the journalists at the Command Headquarters in Lokoja on Wednesday, the Kogi State Police Commissioner, CP Ede Ayuba said the suspect was arrested by SARS operatives in synergy with the vigilance group in Orehi.
Ayuba explained that the suspect confessed and mentioned his other collaborators who are still at large that carried out the dastardly act.
The State Commissioner of Police stated that the command adopted comprehensive crime prevention and control strategies in recent time through intensive patrol, raids of identified criminal hideouts, black spots, and flashpoints, conduct stop and search that led to the arrest of 28 suspected criminal terrorizing the state.
He said, “The command will continue to adopt a common problem-solving strategy for the effective result on community policing which has improved public confidence resulting in public spirited individuals coming forward to give or provide valuable information on criminal elements and their activities.
“Our operational style has provided avenue for effective collaboration with other critical stakeholders by giving them access to share information and intelligence that will assist in criminal control and management,” he said.
However, speaking with newsmen, the suspect Vicente Omogor said he was commissioned along with others to assassinate the Kogi businessman.
According to him, the name of the person that sponsored the killing was called Chairman, adding that the person as at the time was serving the late businessman.
Ayuba noted that the sponsored of killing asked him and some of his colleagues to kill him because when his father was ill the business mogul refused to pay him his salary so that he can take care of his father.
He stated further that unfortunately the father of the Chairman died as a result of the illness and the chairman became angry and asked them to kill the businessman.
“Chairman gave us full details about the man movement from Lokoja to Abuja. We then waited for him and when we saw his car we stopped his car dragged him down and then killed him and put his body back into car,” he said.
Others paraded includes kidnappers, armed robbers and cattle rustlers while human skulls, two pump action guns, face mask, four AK47, one locally made pistols, two fabricated Baretta pistols, ten round of MM live ammunition and other dangerous weapons.