The Abia State Police Command yesterday [Oct. 13] paraded a haul of 24 crime suspects, including a gang of armed robbers that intercepted a vehicle and murdered a 65-year-old woman after she was robbed and raped along with other women returning from a business trip.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, who paraded the criminal gangs of various shades at the state police headquarters, Umuahia, said Mrs. Anthonia Dike was shot in the face at close range after the rape and robbery operation that took place along Ofeme axis of Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.
A member of the three-man vicious criminal gang, Samuel Okorie, 23, who was caught by police acting on intelligence, confirmed the heinous crime to journalists while police said that the other two gang members were still on the run.
The youngster could not explain why they had to kill the woman after raping her and other women in the intercepted vehicle, saying that he only stood and watched the operation having conveyed his members on a motorcycle.
The victim and other women, according to the police, were returning from a business trip in Jos and on getting to Lokpaukwu axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway the gang started trailing her on a motorcycle. The criminals were able to catch up with the innocent woman at Ofeme axis in Umuahia North Local Government where she was murdered.