Tito Boy confessed to the alleged kidnap and killing of His Royal Highness (HRH) Edward Onwudewei, a traditional ruler at Okporo Mini community, in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The suspect, who is in his early 40s made the confession before newsmen and the state Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, during the parade of about 70 suspects at the weekend, at the Police headquarters in Port Harcourt.
Ahmed had said that Tito Boy who claimed to hail from Omoku town, the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, was arrested by the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the command, declaring that the suspect confessed to his killing of a former commissioner and a traditional ruler in the state.
Ahmed said: “The Anti-Kidnapping Unit on a tip off, arrested one David John alias Tito Boy, who confessed to the kidnap of a civil commissioner in the state and a traditional ruler at Okporo Mini, one locally made Pistol and Pump Action were recovered from him.”
The suspect, who spoke during his parade confessed that he participated in the kidnap of the monarch but denied any involvement in the abduction of the former commissioner.
He said: “My name is David John, I am a native of Omoku. It is bad friends who landed me here. My friends lured me into kidnapping His Royal Highness, Onwudewei. I participated in planning his kidnap but did not join them to carry out the mission in his house.
“On the day of the incident, when the boys got to the house of His Royal Highness, they tried to take him away but he started dragging their gun and mistakenly, the boys shot him on his shoulder and when they noticed that he was wounded, they abandoned him and ran away.
“The next morning we heard that His Royal Highness died as a result of the gun wound he sustained. But for the commissioner, I did not participate in his kidnap,” he said.
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