The Enugu State Police Command has apprehended one of the suspected killers of a traditional ruler in the state, Peter Onuoha of Nkerefi in the Nkanu East LGA of the state.
A statement signed by the command’s spokesman, Mr Ebere Amarizu, said the suspect was arrested at Ebu Village in Illah in the Oshimili Local Government Area of Delta.
He said that the suspect, who gave his name as Sunday Agbara Edwin, was a mason from Mgbaraocha Umuokpala Community in Nkerefi. Amaraizu said that the suspect was arrested through intelligence gathering, adding that he had confessed to committing the crime along with others now at large.
“The suspect said they committed the crime because of the actions of the traditional ruler in their community. The monarch was violating human rights by killing people and throwing them into the river as well as forcefully collecting pieces of land belonging to helpless people,” he said.
Amarizu said that the suspect confirmed that some youths had organised themselves and unleashed their anger on the monarch and his supporters. The spokesman quoted the suspect as saying, "I was not the one that fired the two gun shots on the day the victims were killed. I had only machete with me."