•Statistics indicate robbery, crimes on increase in FCT
•25 suspects arrested, several stolen items recovered
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has unravelled the sudden disappearance of a popular social media and Facebook activist, Mrs. Charity Aiyedogbon, two years after she was declared missing.
This was disclosed in Abuja on Thursday during a press briefing by the FCT Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello, who paraded the suspected killers of the 44 years old Aiyedogbon. She was declared missing since May, 2016.
Bello said the Police Operatives attached to the Command Anti-Kidnapping Squad had on June 1, 2018 succeeded in arresting the principal suspect, one 27 years old Paul Ezengo in Benin City, Edo State.
Upon his arrest, he said the principal suspect who has been at large since the lady’s disappearance, confessed during interrogation that the mother of four was his girlfriend and that he conspired with one 28 years old Emmanuel Adogah to murder Aiyedogbon on May 9, 2018 at about 11.30 pm at Kagini.
Ezengo was said to have given a graphic account of how they murdered the deceased, saying he gave her excess alcohol to consume before he moved her from Yaoundé Street to Kagini area where she was butchered and her mutilated body packaged in two sacks that were later dumped by the river bank at Ushafa, in Bwari Area Council.
The Police Commissioner said the suspect further confessed that he killed her because he wanted to take possession of her Acura ZDS Jeep and other properties.
“The deceased’s car and some of her properties have been recovered from him. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Adogah who is a habitual criminal equally confessed to have participated in the commission of the heinous crime,” Bello stated.
The two suspected killers, Paul Ezengo and Emmanuel Adogah(middle) with other crime suspects within Abuja and environ.
The FCT Police boss further summarised the achievements of the Command in the last three months, which indicates increasing cases of robbery and other forms of criminalities in the Nation’s Capital.
According Bello, police arrested 22 suspects, recovered eight guns, three cars, four motorcycles, seven ammunition, three knives, one Lester Generator and 12 Street Lights.
He said: “On May 24, 2018 at about 1900hra at Guzape, Police Operatives while responding to distress call arrested one Dimka Yohanna, ‘m’ 28yrs old while trying to snatch a car from its owner at gunpoint. When the area was combed, three rounds of live ammunitions were recovered from the scene.
“On June 9,2018, Police operative attached to the Command Special Anti-Kidnaping Squad arrested five members of a notorious armed robbery gang that robbed unsuspecting persons (passengers) in their taxi.”
Bello however, assured members of the public and FCT residents of their safety and protection during the Eid-El Fitre celebrations.
He said that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure tight security in all Eid Praying Grounds, relaxation spots and all other public places.
He said that “FCT residents can go about their activities without fear of molestation as adequate deployment of Policemen and other security agencies has been done to guarantee their safety”.
He also urged members of the public to report all suspicious persons or movements to the nearest Police Formation/Station.