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Police arrest two brothers for murder in attempt to steal uncle’s car



ENUGU Police Command has arrested two brothers for murdering a security man and his 12-years-old son in an attempt to steal and sell their uncle’s car.

Press statement made available by the police public relations officer, Enugu State Police Command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe in Enugu, on Wednesday, said the police worked on a tip-off.

The statement reads: “Police Operatives serving in Uwani Police Division of Enugu State Police Command, on 13th March, 2023, arrested two brothers namely: Chinedu Nnaona aged 25 and Maduabuchi Nnaona  21, both of Onuakpaka, Ndiagu-Akpugo in Nkanu West Local Government Area.

“Their arrest is sequel to an earlier report received at Nkanu West Police Division on 12/03/2023 at about 11.30am, alleging the murder of one Christian Ngene (male and adult), who is the security guard and caretaker of the hometown residence of the suspects’ uncle (name withheld) at the mentioned address, and his 12-year-old son, Promise Ngene.

“Upon receipt of the report, police operatives of the Division swiftly moved to the scene, found and evacuated the lifeless bodies of the victims to the hospital where they were confirmed dead by doctors and their remains deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.

“Two (2) knives, two (2) hand gloves and broken pieces of a concrete baluster, used by the suspects to perfect the act, were recovered at the scene.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspects confessed to the crime, stating that they conspired and left Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, where they reside with their parents, and went to the mentioned home address, with the sole aim of stealing and selling their uncle’s Mitsubishi Grandis car, parked in his said hometown compound.

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“To perfect their plan, they procured the knives, proceeded to the building in the early morning hours of 12/03/2023, and scaled the fence to gain access into the compound. And to further gain access into the main building to get the car’s key, they used the baluster to attack the security guard in order to get the building’s keys from him. He resisted, but they overpowered and used the knives to severally stab him to death.

“They went ahead to stab and murder his said son, who was sleeping to avoid their being exposed by him. They then gained access and ransacked the entire building in search of the car key, but were unsuccessful. Upon daybreak, they escaped to Maryland Enugu, from where they were arrested by the police operatives, while trying to treat injuries the deceased security guard inflicted on them in an attempt to resist and defend himself from their murderous attack”.

Ndukwe said that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ammani, described the sad act as “highly barbaric and heinous”.

He commiserated with the immediate and extended families and friends of the deceased victims.

The commissioner assured that they will get the deserved justice in the case. He ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the State CID to accelerate and conclude ongoing investigation into  the case within record and arraign the suspects in court.

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