The police in Enugu have arrested a 36 years old man, Chidi Onyishi for the alleged murder of his 7 years old son, Chimdalu Chidi.
A statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Police Command , Daniel Ndukwe and obtained by EnuguDaily said the accused had reported the child missing on the 22nd of October 2021.
The statement entitled “ALLEGED MURDER OF SON FOR MONEY RITUAL: POLICE OPERATIVES ARREST FATHER AND A PASTOR, EXHUME CORPSE OF MINOR,” disclosed that Mr. Onyishi murdered the son for money ritual and had fingered one Pastor Okeke Eneokwor aged 95 as an accomplice to the alleged crime.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Lawal has ordered full-scale investigation and assured that the suspects will be prosecuted in line with extant laws of the land.
The statement reads in full:
“Following the receipt of credible information in an ongoing case of a missing child, Police Operatives attached to the Central Police Station (CPS) of Enugu State Command, on 06/11/2021 at about 1910hrs, arrested one *Chidi Onyishi aged 36 (male)*, of Taylor Avenue, Coal Camp, Enugu, for allegedly being responsible for the disappearance and murder for money ritual, of his 7 years old son, *Chimdalu Chidi*, whom he had also reported to the Police on *22/10/2021* as missing.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that he confessed to the crime and led Police Operatives to the arrest of one Pastor Okeke Eneokwor aged 95 (male), who is said to be blind and of Dental Avenue, Trans-Ekulu, Enugu; whom he fingered as an accomplice.
“He also led Police Operatives and medical team to a stream in Abakpa-Nike, Enugu, where the decomposing corpse of the minor was exhumed from a shallow grave, after him and cohorts murdered and buried the child on 20/10/2021.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Lawal, has ordered the State CID Enugu to conduct a thorough and conclusive investigation that will lead to the prosecution of everyone found culpable in the act.
“He also calls on residents of the State to remain vigilant, law-abiding and promptly report criminals and their activities to the nearest Police Station or by calling the Command’s emergency hotlines on: *08032003702, 08075390883 or 08086671202*. Or alternatively send an E-mail to: email@example.com.