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IGP Orders Probe into Suspect’s Death, Missing Women in Aba

Police Investigate Suspected Murder, Disappearance of Two Women

by Adenike Adeodun

Inspector-General of Police Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun has ordered a thorough investigation into the suspected murder of Andrew Ochekwo and the disappearance of two women, Celine Ndudim and Afiba Tandoh. The women went missing after visiting Ochekwo in Aba, Abia State.

Celine, from Nigeria, and Afiba, from Ghana, traveled from Port Harcourt to Aba to meet Ochekwo, whom they had met on Facebook. Shortly after their trip, the women were reported missing. A human rights activist claimed on Instagram that the women were kidnapped and declared missing after their visit.

Ochekwo, the main suspect, was later arrested by the police. However, he died in police custody, prompting further investigation. The Nigerian Police Force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, announced that the IGP has tasked the Monitoring Unit with leading the investigation, which must present a comprehensive report within two weeks.

Adejobi stated that the directive follows numerous allegations and counterarguments implicating Ochekwo in the women’s disappearance. He urged individuals with relevant information to assist with the investigation, assuring that all information will be treated confidentially.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has directed the Monitoring Unit to conduct a thorough and high-powered investigation into the suspected murder of Andrew Ochekwo. This directive comes amid numerous allegations and counterarguments surrounding the case, which also involves the disappearance of two ladies, Celine and Afiba, after their trip to visit Ochekwo in Aba,” the statement read.

Given the public interest and gravity of the allegations, the IGP has deemed it necessary to meticulously investigate the roles of the teams that carried out the initial investigation in Abia State and the Force Intelligence Department Intelligence Response Team (IGP-IRT). The Monitoring Unit has a two-week timeframe to complete its investigation and present a comprehensive report.

The IGP assured the public that the case would be handled with the utmost professionalism and integrity. He urged all stakeholders to remain calm and allow the investigation process to proceed without interference. “All persons or groups with relevant information are encouraged to come forward and assist with the investigation. All such information will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality,” Adejobi added.

The Nigeria Police Force appreciates the public’s cooperation and support, promising timely updates as the investigation progresses.

This investigation highlights the critical need for transparency and thoroughness in handling sensitive cases involving missing persons and deaths in custody. The IGP’s directive underscores the commitment to uncovering the truth and ensuring justice for the affected families.

The public is encouraged to remain patient and cooperative as the authorities work diligently to resolve the case. The outcome of this investigation will be closely watched, as it addresses significant concerns about police conduct and accountability.


Source: The Guardian

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