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Police vow to “We will find killers of Catholic priest”

The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Suleiman Balarabe, has assured Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi that his command is doing everything possible to find and arrest those behind the recent killing of a Catholic priest, Rev Fr Clement Ugwu, and the Secretary of the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, Dr Nnamdi Ogueche.

Ugwu was abducted from St Mark Catholic Parish, Obinofia Ndiuno, in Ezeagu LGA of Enugu State at about 9pm on March 13, 2019 and his decomposing body was discovered on March 20.

Ogueche was reportedly killed after attending a peace meeting between representatives of some Uzo-Uwani communities and herdsmen, who were reportedly terrorising the area.

A statement by Louis Amoke, spokesperson for Enugu State governor, said the commissioner of police had promised to apprehend the perpetrators of the two killings during a courtesy call on Ugwuanyi at the Government House, Enugu, on Friday.

Balarabe said he was at the Government House to commiserate with the governor over the killings, and also to formally introduce himself, following his recent posting to the state.

Responding, Ugwuanyi, who welcomed and congratulated the new commissioner of police on his posting to the state, urged him to quickly find those behind the killings.

“Following our meeting with security agencies in the state, we are also confident that the command will as usual, do everything necessary to apprehend the hoodlums,” Ugwuanyi said, while praying that similar incidents should not reoccur in the state.

Ugwuanyi further noted that his administration, in its resolve to ensure the security of the lives and property of the people, had “always maintained an excellent partnership with the Enugu State Police Command and other security agencies”.

The governor added that the relationship has largely been responsible for the “current status of the state as one of the safest, most peaceful and most secure states in the country”.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, in a statement said perpetrators of the killings had yet to be identified, contrary to reports in some sections of the media.

There were reports that the killings were perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen.

Reacting to the reports, Amaraizu said, “Investigations are still ongoing to find those behind the dastardly acts as well as their motives.

“The command views the report as improper, malicious and inciting as the ongoing police investigation has not revealed those responsible for the unfortunate incidents, including their background.

“The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, working in partnership with sister security agencies and relevant stakeholders, is committed towards sustaining peace and security in the state.”

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