EBONYI State Police Command, said, Tuesday, that it had arrested seven suspects in connection with the ritual murder of little Miss Ukamaka Immaculata Ogboji, 7, on Sunday at Agubia in Ikwo Local Government Area of the state.
The command which commended the effort of the community under the aegis of Ebonyi Youth Assembly, EYA, in the arrest of the suspects, noted that the suspects who had earlier kidnapped Miss Ogboji for monetary gains, later, dismembered her body and dumped same in a cassava farm in the area.
Confirming the arrest of the suspects, Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Sylvester Igbo, noted that two of the suspects arrested had confessed to the crime stressing, that the police had begun full investigation to ascertain the motive behind the brutal killing of the deceased.
He said: “Seven persons suspected to have killed little Miss Ukamaka Immaculata Ogboji on Sunday at Agubia in Ikwo Local Government Area of the state, have been arrested and will soon be paraded. What we have observed at the scene made us to attribute the killing to ritual killing and not kidnapping because the corpse of the deceased was without two legs, hands and eyes.
“From the act, it is a ritual killing. Through police investigation, we have been able to arrest seven suspects among whom, two have confessed to the crime. One of them confessed that his mother was the spiritual mother of the girl when she was baptised.”