The Okoya family in Isuaniocha in Awka north Local government Area of Anambra State is presently full of praises for the Nigerian police, over the arrest of two of the suspects linked with the murder of their son.
The family is however calling on the same police to track down one Anthony Onyeagolu, former president-general of Isuaniocha Development Union, in Awka, Anambra State, who is alleged to be the principal suspect in the incident.
Okoye recalled that his late brother, Angus Okoye, a 48-year-old businessman, was allegedly kidnapped at about 1.30 am, December, 16, 2018, at his home at Ifite Isu village, Isuaniocha, Awka north LGA.
But, family sources alleged that Angus’ offence was that he was a star witness in a case of N100million fraud instituted by the community with EFCC against Anthony Onyeagolu.
However, the next day, the lifeless body of the kidnapped victim was found dead at the boundary between Isuaniocha and Nawgu community.
Spokesman for the Anambra State Police Command, Haruna Mohammed, then a Superintendent of Police, said “following the report, police patrol team attached to Dunukofia division visited the scene in conjunction with vigilante group”.
According to Haruna, the victim was photographed and rushed to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead by a medical doctor on arrival, while preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was one Angus Okoye ‘m’ aged 48 years.
He was allegedly kidnapped from his residence at Ifite Isu village, Isuaniocha in Awka North LGA on the 15/12/2018 at about 11:30 pm.
“The victim was shot on the head and neck by his assailants and his Honda Pilot with REG number Lagos.FST 430 DM was abandoned “according to police investigators, which the autopsy carried out by FCID also confirmed.
Media reports also quoted Haruna as further explaining that the incident may not be unconnected with the recent crisis in Isuanioha community in which the community was warned by the police not to take laws into their hands.
However, family sources said that Anthony Onyeagolu, the 42-year-old principal suspect in the attempted and murder cases, allegedly fled to Ghana at the peak of police investigations into the incident, in order to escape arrest.
But, when one Chidiebere Okoye, an indigene of the community, who was one of those allegedly kidnapped, tortured, shot and presumed dead, survived and was invited by the police to make statement on the incident, where he allegedly indicted Anthony Onyeagolu and his gang members, now at large.
Chidiebere Okoye also named others linked to the incident as: Chiefs Boniface Enweani, Augustine Adigwe, Mr Moses Emebo, Stephen Ibeania and others.
The Okoye family has sincerely expressed their gratitude to the Force Police Investigations Department, FCID, Abuja, for coming to their aid and tracking down two of the suspects, namely Mr Moses Emebo and Cyprian Onyeagolu, who is the senior brother to Anthony Onyeagolu.
It was gathered that as soon as Onyeagolu heard that Chidiebere survived the incident and was invited by the police to shed more light on what actually happened, he was said to have returned to Abuja from Ghana and petitioned one of the units of the Nigerian Police Force in Abuja.
He also sent his petitions to the Senate and other notable indigenes of Anambra State, where he peddled his falsehood and fictitious statements, thereby misleading the police and the public on the true picture of the incident, where attempted and actual murder, allegedly perpetuated by him, were involved.
But, instead of Onyeagolu to report at the FCID, having being declared wanted by the police to clear his name in connection with the murder case, the former leaders is busy spreading falsehood in alleged attempt to kill the murder case and truncate justice.
The family is using this medium to inform the whole world that the suspected murderer-in-chief has been deceiving the police and the public with falsehood, while playing hide and seek game in Abuja, to avoid invitation from FCID in the last one year, in order to release his brother, presently under police detention through back door.
It could be recalled that the Onyeagolu family has been using all police channels since the murder of late Angus Okoye to intimidate, harass, and labeled all sorts of false allegations against family members of the deceased, in order to truncate justice or silence the case, while the body of the late Angus still remains at the mortuary till date, he family said.
Today, the FCID has finally heard the cries of the family and swung into action to unravel the killers of Angus Okoye, which led to the arrest of Cyprian Onyeagolu and Moses Emebo, who are still undergoing interrogation at the FCID in Abuja, while still searching for the remaining suspects, including Anthony Onyeagolu, the suspected murderer- in- chief.
The family is crying out to enlighten the public and the police to avoid being deceived by Anthony Onyeagolu, who is being wanted by the FCID to answer his crime, while appealing to the public and the police to arrest him instead and hand him over to the homicide section of the FCID, to answer to his crimes.