The Rivers State Police Command says it has arrested three men in connection with the alleged killing of nine-year-old Destiny Peter in Isiokpo, Ikwerre Local Government Area.
The Command, in a statement by its Police Public Relations Officer, SP Nnamdi Omoni, announced the arrest of the suspected killers, named Kenneth Sylvanus, 24, native of Azumini Isiokpo; Chibuzor Amadi, 33, a native of Omademe; and Chijioke Ogbonnah, 37, a herbalist from Abia State, resident of Omagwa, Ikwerre LGA.
The PPRO said that “On November 11, 2021, Destiny Peter was declared missing by his aunt who contacted the Police and community youths, whereupon a search was launched leading to the recovery of his headless body in the bush the following day.
“Through intelligence gathering, identities of Kenneth Sylvanus and Chibuzor Amadi were revealed. Chibuzor Amadi was immediately arrested and taken to the police to an uncompleted building in Azumini Isiokpo where Kenneth Sylvanus was arrested.
“They were taken to the Isiokpo Area Command, later transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation. Men of the State CID, went with the two suspects to the bush where the dismembered head of the deceased was recovered behind an uncompleted building.
“Kenneth Sylvanus confessed that he killed Destiny Peter and that it was the third suspect, Chijioke Ogbonnah, who asked him to bring a human head to buy. Chijioke Ogbonnah was arrested on 18the November 2021 in his house at Omagwa. He denied any involvement in the murder case, (saying) that he is a herbalist and sells spiritual materials, including treatment of all kinds of ailments.
“So far, all three suspects are helping us in our investigation. Remains of the deceased had been deposited in the mortuary for autopsy and further investigation.
“The Command appeals for calm and promises to get to the root of this mindless killing with a view to bringing the culprits to justice.”