Enugu monarch’s death: Police arrest cleric over alleged involvement

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Enugu Police Commissioner, Mr Mohammed Danmallam

Enugu Police Commissioner, Mr Mohammed Danmallam

Police Command in Enugu have confirmed the arrest of an Enugu-based Methodist cleric, Rev Kenneth Okafor, over his alleged involvement in the murder of a monarch in Enugu.

Late Igwe Stephen Nwatu of Ogbozinne Akpugo community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state was murdered on June 11 in the community over a protracted town union leadership.

The leadership tussle is said to be on for more than 10 years now.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Ebere Amaraizu, disclosed this in a statement issued to NAN on Wednesday in Enugu.

Amaraizu said that the reverend was arrested over a week ago in Enugu by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

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“An Enugu-based Methodist Priest, Rev Kenneth Okafor, was arrested by the security operatives from Federal SARS from Adeniji Adele, Lagos.

“His arrest followed a petition in relation with his involvement and others at large in connection with the murder of an Enugu monarch, late Igwe Stephen Nwatu of Ogbozinne Akpugo community in Nkanu West Local Government Area.

“The priest is now helping the operatives in their investigations while manhunt on others has been intensified,’’ he said.

It will be recalled that recently four persons were arraigned by the Enugu State Police Command over their involvement in the unfortunate incident.