The Ebonyi State Police Command announced the arrest of four people for the murder of People’s Democratic Party leader Peter Nweke.
Recall that Nweke was tortured to death by thugs believed to be rival party loyalists on March 18, 2023, the day of the state and House of Representatives elections.
The PDP ward chairman was killed in the community of Umuezeokaoha in the state’s Ezza North local government area while working as an agent for his party in the area.
The State Police Command, in a statement signed by spokesman Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said on Friday that the suspects had confessed to the crimes.
The statement is read in part,
“During the interrogation of the suspects, the first suspect, Leonard Kelechi Nwali, a Labor Party House of Assembly aspirant, Ezza North Constituency, confessed to hiring the assailants who were meant to torture the late Peter Nweke.
“However, he died in the process. According to him, the late Peter Nweke posed a threat to his political ambition, so he contacted one Akwasi of Umuezeoka, in Ezza North LGA, who spearheaded the torture that eventually resulted in the death of Mr Peter Nweke.
“The second suspect, Onyebuchi Chita, of Nkomoro community, in the same local government area, confessed to having brought in the killers from Nkomoro into Ogboji community, where Peter Nweke was killed.
“The third suspect, Aloke Obinna, of the Ogboji community, confessed to having given his motorcycle to one Onyebuchi Chita for escape after the incident.
“While Ifeanyi Nwokpuku, the fourth suspect, of Ogboji community in Ezza North LGA, conspired with one Sampson Nweke, who pointed Peter Nweke out to the killers.”
Onovwakpoyeya said the suspects would be arraigned at the end of the investigations.