Kidnap suspect father’s death Police deny involvement …Say the man was burnt before the arrival of their men By Njideka Nwachukwu

The killing of the father of one of the kidnap suspects in the Laz Anyanwu case took place before the arrival of the police to the scene, police spokesman in Imo, Mr Vitalis Onugu, has clarified.

Mr Onugu made the clarification in an interview with the Christian Voice at the weekend.

This followed insinuations in some quarters that police men were present at the scene when the mob action took place.

Apart from killing the suspect’s father, the angry youths of Amaimo in Ikeduru were said to have razed his house and burnt him alive in the process.

According to reports, the mob bundled the deceased, Mr. Daniel Ibe, into a bus with which he had intended to escape  and set the bus ablaze.

Tempers rose as soon as news broke out that 28 year old, Udoka Ibe was among the suspects who killed their townsman and Chief Protocol officer to the Imo State Deputy Governor, who was said to have been helpful to youths in the community.

According to reports, the angry youths also marched to the market square to seize the mother of the suspect but were prevented from harming her by other market women at the scene.

The PPRO, Mr Onugu, however, said that no suspects have been arrested over the incident.

Last weekend, police arrested two men who they said, had confessed to the abduction and killing of the Deputy Governor’s aide with the help of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Anambra State Command.

The squad searched their houses and found 3AK47 Riffles, 280 AK 47 ammunition and 23 magazines before they were brought to Imo State Police Command where they were being detained.

The 28-year-old Udoka Ibe whose father was burnt alive is reportedly into bunkering and hails from Amaimo in Ikeduru Local Government Area.

He said that they intended to snatch the deceased’s car for an operation but unfortunately, the deceased struggled with them and they shot him to death.  They wanted to bury him in a banana plantation close by but for fear of being caught, they dumped him on the road and escaped.

The suspect, also from the late Anyanwu’s home, claimed not to have handled arms before in his life but said that the other suspect who is 27 years old from Orodo in Mbaitoli Local Government Area, and sells marijuana taught him how to use arms.

According to the police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) some armed police men have been deployed to the community to calm the youths down.  He assured the family and friends of Laz Anyanwu that justice will take its full course.