Suspected Killers of Colonel Yunusa Arraigned

colonel yunusaThe four suspected killers of the late Colonel Samaila Yunusa who was abducted and murdered on March 27 in Kaduna State, have been arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in the state capital.

The Yunusa was allegedly abducted by the suspects at the Kaduna Refinery junction, while his decomposed body was later found along the Abuja-Kaduna highway two days after he was kidnapped.

The four suspects; Emeka Okeke, Kabir Ibrahim, Chijoke Ugwuanyi and Ebele Precious were later arrested by the Police in connection with the crime.

When paraded by the Kaduna State Police Command, they all confessed to kidnapping and stealing the colonel’s car but the gang leader, Emeka Okeke, denied killing the deceased,  insisting  the colonel fired the shot that ended his life.

At the sitting, the presiding magistrate, Emmanuel Yusuf, said that the suspects were being charged for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, illegal possession of fire arms, armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death under section 6b, section 3 (1 & 2) of the robbery and fire and section 22(1) of the penal code.

Although the Magistrate said that the court lacks the  jurisdiction to try the case, he told the suspects that the purpose of bringing them before him was to remand them in prison custody pending when the Police would conclude their investigation and thereafter charge them before a competent court.

He adjourned the sitting to July 21.

Kaduna Police Parade Killers of Colonel Yunusa, Other Suspects

Police Parade, Colonel YunusaThe Kaduna State Police Command has paraded four suspects in connection with the abduction and murder of Colonel Samaila Yunusa in the state capital on March 27, 2016.

Briefing reporters at the command’s headquarters on Thursday, the Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Adamu, said that the suspects were arrested at various locations within the state by his men in conjunction with the Intelligence Response Team that was set up by the Inspector General of Police.

Two AK-47 rifles, one pump action gun, four pistols, ammunition and one Toyota SUV were recovered from them.

Explaining how the late Colonel Yunusa died in the custody of the suspects, the Police Commissioner said that their gang leader, one Emeka Okeke, abducted the victim after they had snatched his car and took him to the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, where he shot him and abandoned his corpse.

On his part, Emeka admitted his involvement in the abduction and subsequent murder of Colonel Yunusa, but stated that his intention was not to kill him, but that the Colonel mistakenly shot himself in the process of struggling with him.

He also confessed to have carried out several other operations in various parts of Kaduna State.

Another member of the gang, one Chijioke Ugwuanyi, confessed to taking part in the operation but denied taking part in the death of the victim.

He said that his duty was to take the late Colonel Yunusa’s car to Niger Republic where they usually sell stolen vehicles from Nigeria.

The Police Commissioner also announced the arrest of notorious cattle rustlers and armed robbery suspects who have been terrorizing residents of states within the North West and North Central zones, while over 500 stolen cows, cars of various kinds were also recovered from them.

The Police Commissioner promised that at the end of investigation, all the suspects would be charged to court for trial.

Army Chief Commends IG Of Police, Solomon Arase

Army, PoliceThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has expressed gratitude to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, for tracking and arresting the kidnappers and murderers of the late Colonel Samaila Inusa of the Nigerian Army.

In a statement by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the Army chief, thanked Mr Arase on behalf of the families of late Colonel Samaila Inusa, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army for smashing the deadly kidnapping and armed robbery syndicate.

“The Chief of Army Staff specifically wishes to thank the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) operatives for their dedication to duty and professionalism that led to the arrest of the criminals that abducted and killed the late senior officer in Kaduna metropolis, Kaduna State on 27th March this year.

“This unprecedented feat is a clear manifestation of the excellent cooperation existing between the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police which had flourished over time in joint operations to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians,” he said.

The Chief of Army Staff also urged personnel of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police to continue working hard towards sustaining the excellent cooperation and synergy between them.

The Force Headquarters announced in a statement on Wednesday that the combined forces of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command SIB operatives had arrested four suspects in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of an Army officer, Col. Samaila Yunusa, in Kaduna on March 27, 2016.

According to the statement, “the IGP IRT deployed the Technical and Human Intelligence assets of the Force which led to the arrest of a Prison Warder named Abdullahi Adamu, who is a close associate of one of the prime suspects who was using the Tecno mobile phone stolen from the slain Colonel.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of two (2) of the prime suspects, namely: Ibrahim Kabiru ‘m’, 23, (aka uztaz) and Ebele Precious ‘m’, 41 (aka pastor), while the gang leader Emeka Okeke Cyprain ‘m’, 44, and one other member of the syndicate, Chijioke Ugwuanyi, ‘m’, 42 (aka CJ) were later arrested.

Police Smash Killer Gang That Killed Army Colonel In Kaduna

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Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase.

The Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command SIB operatives have smashed a deadly killer gang.

The combined forces have also arrested 4 suspects in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of an army officer, Col. Samaila Yunusa, in Kaduna on March 27, 2016.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, ACP Olabisi Kolawole said, “sequel to the kidnapping and killing of the officer, the IGP IRT deployed the Technical and Human Intelligence assets of the Force which led to the arrest of a Prison Warder named Abdullahi Adamu, who is a close associate of one of the prime suspects who was using the Tecno mobile phone stolen from the slain Colonel.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of two (2) of the prime suspects, namely: Ibrahim Kabiru ‘m’, 23, (aka uztaz) and Ebele Precious ‘m’, 41 (aka pastor), while the gang leader Emeka Okeke Cyprain ‘m’, 44, and one other member of the syndicate, Chijioke Ugwuanyi, ‘m’, 42 (aka CJ) were later arrested.

“Items recovered by the Police from this notorious gang, which specialised in car snatching and truck hijacking in the state and selling same to unsuspecting members of the public, include one AK 47 rifle, two magnum pistols, one Nissan Pathfinder Jeep and documents of six (6) houses located in Anambra State of which Emeka Okeke Cyprian confessed were proceeds of his previous criminal activities” the statement said.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, enjoined Nigerians to continue to support the Police with relevant information.

He also commended the combined forces for their commitment, diligence and professionalism which led to the breakthrough and subsequent recovery of the weapons and a stolen Jeep,

Meanwhile, all the four suspects arrested in connection with the crime are presently in police custody and will soon be arraigned before a competent court of law for criminal charges preferred against them while effort to arrest the fleeing members of the gang continues.