Port Harcourt - The Police in Rivers say
they are tracking more persons suspected to be involved in the beheading
of a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Muhammed Alkali, and his
driver in Port Harcourt.
The spokesman of the Rivers Command of the police, DSP
Nnamdi Omoni, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Tuesday
that the persons earlier arrested had given them useful information.
Omoni said the arrest of the suspects would help the police
in the murder case.
A group of bandits suspected to be cultists had ambushed a
police patrol team in Ujju community near Omoku in Ogba.Egbema/Ndoni LGA of the
state, beheaded a DSP and his orderly.
Alkali, who was attached to Mobile Police Unit 48, and his
driver were on routine duty during the just concluded Rivers legislative re-run
election, when they were attacked and killed by members of the cult.
“Members of the gang, who are on the run will soon be
“The Police Special Intelligence Response Unit (IRT) has
made a major breakthrough toward apprehending the remaining members of the
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“We will inform the media at the end of our investigation,”
Omoni, however, failed to confirm the arrest of one of the
kingpins of the cult that beheaded the late Alkali.
A senior police officer told NAN on condition of anonymity
that when the suspect was arrested, he was found to be in possession of the slain
DSP’s mobile phone.
According to the source, the suspect was arrested while on
his way to see a female friend in Omoku town.
The source explained that the kingpin and his members
attacked Alkali and his driver because they felt the police took sides with a
major political party in the election against their own party.
NAN reports that five other suspects were on Dec. 15
arrested by the police in connection with the gruesome murder of Alkali and his