Fleeing Rivers ex-vigilantes commander nabbed over 2020 killings

Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Eboka Friday

The former commander of a vigilance group, OSPAC, in Igwuruta, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Promise Nnawale, who was declared wanted for allegedly killing two indigenes, has been arrested.

The police had said Nnawale was the prime suspect in the alleged murder of the two victims, Princewill Ogbonda and Peter Opurum, who were killed in 2020.

The younger brother of the late Princewill, Goodluck Ogbonda, who confirmed the arrest to journalists in Port-Harcourt, lauded the police and other security agencies for their role in the arrest.

He said the suspect tried to escape but was subdued by the operatives.

Goodluck stated, “He had been on the run since this incident on November 21, 2020.

“He was arrested at Igwuruta, right at the OSPAC office where he was sitting and relaxing. Even at the point of arrest, he struggled with them, but the security men overpowered him and took him to the State Criminal and Investigation Department.”

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He explained that since the killing happened, no family member knew where his late brother was buried.

Goodluck called on the police to prevail on the suspect to show them where the deceased was buried.

While appealing to the state Commissioner for Police, Friday Eboka, to resist attempts by some public figures in the community to compromise the investigation, the deceased’s sibling alleged that two other accomplices of Nnawale were still on the run.

The state police commissioner confirmed the arrest, adding that the suspect would be charged to court.

He said, “He is at the state CID. Others were arrested and charged to court, so, now that he has been arrested, he will soon join them.

“I have asked the Deputy Commissioner of Police to tidy up his file so that we can take him to court.”

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