Elusive police officer who allegedly murdered UNIZIK student re-arrested

Charles Nwoke, Awka, Nigeria
February 21, 2021

Four elusive policemen, who allegedly murdered a 400 level law student of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Augustine Ugwu, in Nsukka, Enugu State have finally been re-arrested.

The police officers pointed in the killing incident are Officers in-Charge of the Nsukka Anti-Cult unit, DSP Nnamdi Ochin, three Sergeants working under him, Emmanuel Ibiam, Godwin Abel, Abu John, and ASP Peter Adu, Nsukka Divisional Crime Officer 3.

They were reported to have escaped from police custody in Enugu in November 2020 before detectives from the Homicide Department Force Headquarters finally re-apprehended them.

A security source informed newsmen on Sunday that the police suspects were moved to Force Headquarters Abuja on Thursday.

The source revealed that the body of the late law student had been recovered and moved to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital for autopsy.

Augustine, a 500-level student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, was reportedly apprehended by a local anti-cult outfit set up by the late Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area Council, Patrick Omeje, in a beer parlor on April 23, 2020.

They were said to have shot him on the leg and handed him over to the Officer-in-charge of the Anti-Cult unit in Nsukka, DSP Ochin. But a few hours later, he was declared missing at the police custody.

Andy Ugwu, his father, a retired police officer petitioned the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, who quickly, constituted a six-man committee of investigators led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Gabriel Elaigbwu, to expose those behind the disappearance of Augustine at the police station.

It was gathered that the panel, at the course of their investigation, discovered that Augustine had been slain and buried in a shallow grave by four police officers.

Daniel Ndukwe, the State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the apprehension when contacted on the telephone on Sunday, but pointed out that the case was being handled by homicide department Force Headquarters Abuja.