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Five suspected killers of naval officer in Calabar arrested

The Zone 6 Headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force in Calabar, Cross River State, has arrested the suspected killers of a naval officer, Naval Sub Lt. David Igbashal.

Igbashal was abducted on February 22 on his way from Calabar to Makurdi in Benue for his wedding arrangements.

The Public Relations Officer of Zone 6, Calabar, DSP Nelson Okpabi, confirmed the development to journalists on Sunday.

He said the suspects were arrested on Saturday by a police team led by Supt. Emmanuel Ukwenya of the Zonal Anti-Corruption/X-Squad set up by Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Zaki Ahmed.

According to him, the squad recovered the remains of the slain naval officer at Omuogodu Akpu in Ngbo local government area of Ebonyi, a warring community with neighbouring Agila village in Benue.

Okpabi said: “The team which acted on credible information arrested five suspects in connection with the crime and they confessed to the commission of the heinous crime.

“They also took the detectives to the site where the murdered officer was buried.

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“Meanwhile, the investigation is in top gear and the suspects would be arraigned accordingly.

“The AIG in-charge of Zone 6 Headquarters Calabar, is using this opportunity to condole with the Nigerian Navy for the loss of the young officer; while calling on members of the public to obey government/NCDC directives and stay safe.

“He also assured them of adequate security in this trying time and urged them to report suspected person(s)/incidents to the police without hesitation.”

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