By Emmanuel Udom
Who murdered Angus Okoye, a businessman based in Anambra state? This is one big question the police at the force criminal investigations department in Abuja, is working round the clock to answer with certainty.
www.csomedia.org recalled that Okoye, a 48-year-old businessman, was allegedly kidnapped at about 11:30 pm, on Saturday, December, 15, 2018, at his home at Ifite Isu village, Isuaniocha, Awka north local government area of the state.
Family sources fingered one Anthony Onyeagolu and his gang members, alleging that Angus’ offence was that he was a star witness in a case of N100million fraud case instituted by the community against Onyeagolu with EFCC.
Secondly, Angus Okoye was the closest friend of Onyeagolu family, who knew much of the sudden wealth of Festus Onyeagolu, based in Ghana that brought about a similar attempt made in 2015 by the duo of Festus Onyeagolu and the principal suspect, Anthony Oyeagolu, to whisk him to Ghana through INTERPOL department in Nigeria in order to waste him, as he promised the family members, that failed.
But, the next day, being Sunday, December 16, 2018, the lifeless body of the kidnapped victim was found dead at the boundary between Isuaniocha and Nawgu community, it was gathered.
Haruna Mohammed, Anambra state police public relations officer reacting to the incident 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.
Reports available online revealed quoted Haruna as explaining that the incident may not be unconnected with the recent crisis in Isuaniocha community in which the community was warned by the police not to take laws into their hands.
Family sources disclosed that the murder suspect 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 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, Moses Emebo, Obinwanne Ibeania, Stephen Ibeania and others.
However, last week Sunday, Okoye family expressed its gratitude to the Force Police Investigations Department, FCID, Abuja, for coming to their aid and tracking down two of the suspects, namely Moses Emebo and Cyprian Onyeagolu, who is the senior brother to Onyeagolu.
But, it was gathered from police sources that as soon as Anthony Onyeagolu heard that Chidiebere Okoye survived the incident and was invited by the police to shed more light on what actually happened sequel to the arrest of Cyprian Onyeagolu, he was said to have returned to Abuja from Ghana and in his usual way of desperately trying to kill the case for over a year now , by using SARS and IGP Monitoring Units at various times, petitioned IRT Unit in Abuja, this time to truncate investigations being carried by FCID, homicide section.
He also sent his petitions to the Senate and other notable indigenes of Anambra State, where he peddled his falsehoods 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.
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 leader is busy spreading falsehood in alleged attempt to kill the murder case and truncate justice, a source said.
Luck ran against him on one fateful Monday, February 10, while he went to Anambra State Government House, with his Lexus Jeep to submit one of his numerous fictitious petitions, when the combined team of Isuaniocha youths led by Chukwujekwu Okoye, and officers of the SCID, based on a tip-off arrested him, alongside two of his gang members, suspected to be tools being used by him to terrorize the community.
The arrest was said to have sparked off jubilations and praises to the police for a job well done, Chidiebere Okoye said.
However, recent feelers emanating from the FCID in Abuja have it that when the principal murder suspect arrived the police headquarters on Sunday, February 16, where Chidiebere Okoye, was detailed to come to Abuja from Anambra to identify Anthony Onyeagolu and the two suspects arrested along with him, on Thursday, February 20, only to discover that the SCID Awka did not bring the two other suspects along to FCID In Abuja for identification by Chidiebere Okoye.
Unconfirmed rumour had it that the two other suspects were released by SCID without inviting the complainant to Awka for identification or bringing them to Abuja, when all of them were handed over to them at Awka with the Lexus Jeep.
Chidiebere Okoye is now appealing to the SCID Awka to bring the suspects to FCID in Abuja for identification parade, so that the good works the FCID is doing could be successfully carried to an end on time, in order for justice to prevail.
The Okoye family also is using this medium to express their profound gratitude to FCID Abuja, homicide section, under the Headship of Michael Ogbizi, a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, while appealing to him to use his good offices to bring the suspected murderers of their son to book and justice for the attempted murder of Chidiebere Okoye.