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Suspected killer of corps member arrested in Bayelsa

The police in Bayelsa State have arrested a suspected cult leader and armed robber, identified as Mr. Prince Owei.

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Police apprehended Owei, an indigene of Ikebiri community of Southern Ijaw but resident in Ovom, Yenagoa,  is suspected to be the killer of James Onuh, a member of National Youth Service Corps in Obele area of Yenagoa, the state capital, in 2016.

It was learnt that Owei is the second in command of a notorious cult group, the Icelanders.

The suspect’s victim (Onuh), who was a graduate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Markurdi, Benue State, was then attached to the Bayelsa State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure for his primary assignment.

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Onuh was shot dead at Obele junction in Yenagoa while using the Automated Teller Machine in 2016.

It was also gathered that the suspect, who was arrested by the special tactical team of the State Police Command following an order of the State Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the arrest of Owei.

The police spokesman, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the suspect was arrested at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, Yenagoa, on his way to watch a football match.

He said the police recovered a locally-made revolver pistol, one live cartridge and packets of Rohypnol tablets from Owei.

Butswat said, “On September 20, 2018, at about 1610 hours, operatives arrested a notorious cult leader and a robber who was on the wanted list of Bayelsa State Police Command.

“The suspect one Prince Owei, male,  aka Big Fela, 19, from Ikebiri community, but resident at St. Peters, Ovom, was arrested at the Sports Complex, Yenagoa, on his way to watch a football match.

“A locally-made revolver pistol, one live cartridge and packets of Rohypnol tablets were recovered from him.

“The suspect, a jailbird and a confessed member of Icelanders cult group will be charged to court when investigations are concluded.

“The command is determined to ensure the safety of lives and property. We hereby appeal to the members of the public to provide useful information that will assist the police in fighting crimes in the state.”

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