After collecting N1.5million as ransom, four suspected kidnappers and killers of Rev. Fr John Adeyi of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo in Benue State have revealed that they killed the cleric out of fear.
Deputy gang leader of the killers, Saidu Abdullahi disclosed while being paraded before journalists at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, yesterday, that on seeing members of the vigilante group chasing after them (suspects), he (Saidu) shot and killed the priest.
He disclosed further that it was even after they killed the priest that they collected the ransom.
While parading the suspects, Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah said upon the kidnap of the priest on April 24, there was an outrage from both local and international Catholic community leading to an order of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for the intelligence response team attached to IGP Monitoring Unit, Force Headquarters, to conduct a thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Awunah said, “Between September 1 and14, the four suspects were trailed and arrested at different locations in Bauchi, Enugu and Benue states. In the cause of investigation, they confessed to be the gang responsible for the kidnap and gruesome murder of the reverend father and still went ahead and collected N1.5million ransom from the family. The deputy leader of the gang, Saidu Abdullahi, 28 years, voluntarily told the police investigators that he fired the fatal shot that killed the reverend Father. The suspects led the police to a bush in Orokam area of Benue state where 3 guns used for the kidnap attack and murder of the clergy were buried. The victim’s Nokia Lumia phone and another black Gicent phone model M9 were recovered from the suspects. All the suspects will be arraigned in court in due course,” Awunah promised.
Other suspected killers of the clergy include 30-year-old Suleiman Goma (gang leader), Aliyu garba, 26, and Haruna Idi, 27.
The Force PRO also paraded six suspected pipeline vandals who were arrested with 17 tanker trucks loaded with vandalised PMS and suspected adulterated diesel while another 13 suspects were paraded with two tanker trucks loaded with vandalised PMS, and four operational vehicles of the vandals.
“In a similar successful operation, the IGP’s special task force on pipeline vandalism/illegal bunkering acting on a tip off indicating that vandals were operating at Ijora olopa area of Lagos state swooped on them at the scene of the crime, foiled their nefarious act and arrested 13 suspects. Though the suspects open interrogation volunteered confessional statements to the police, investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects at large. All suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.”
Also, the force spokesman paraded three suspected cyber crime internet fraudsters, who specialize in hacking into face book account of inspecting members of the public, public office holders and some senior police officers, including the FPRO, to commit false personality, and obtained money/property under false pretences.
“It was discovered that this syndicate consist of eight gang members who conspired with criminal intention and formed a cyber crime gang club called ‘the Money Team Boyz, TMTB’ in 2012 at Ihiala, Anambra State, and used the same name in their facebook account.”
Meanwhile, the Benue State deputy governor, Engr Benson Abounu has commended the arrest of the killers of the Catholic priest, stating that he saluted the police for the wonderful feat they had achieved, even as he appreciated IGP Idris, under whose watch the killers of Fr. Adeyi were apprehended.
He said, “Vatican City was interested in this case and the catholic bishops conference of Nigeria even made an appeal for the release of this priest. It will interest you to know that Fr Adeyi was running a helping hand project for the widows and orphans. Following this concern, the Benue State government set up an investigation committee with me as the chairman, the Benue Commissioner of Police and others, and we are pleased that the IGP crack team was sent, which arrested the killers.”
Abounu decried security challenge experienced in the state for the past two years caused by one Terwase Agwaza, alias ‘Gana,’ who has established a criminal team that has tormented peace loving people of the state, but said in the last two months the state has been peaceful.

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