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We killed abducted American soldier because he was too stubborn — Suspect

An alleged leader of a robbery and kidnapping gang, Sunday Igwe, alias, School Boy, has disclosed why his gang killed an American soldier, Chuks Okebata and dumped his corpse in a gutter. 

Igwe (29) said that he and his men never had any intention of killing Okebata, an American Army veteran, but that they were forced to. Okebata was killed on January 12, 2017, at Okigwe area of Imo State.

Igwe explained that when they abducted Okebata, they didn’t know who he was, neither were they aware that he had a pistol. They threw him into the boot of their car and drove off. A few minutes later, Okebata started shooting sporadically from the boot, towards their direction. The bullets hit Igwe and another of his gang member. Infuriated, the gang halted the car, opened the boot, disarmed Okebata, killed and flung his body into a gutter.

Igwe recalled: “He pulled out his pistol and started shooting at us from the boot. One of the bullets got me and our driver. I asked the driver to stop the car. We disarmed and killed him on the spot. We threw his body inside a gutter and left. I want everyone to understand that we had no intention of killing him, but he forced us. We didn’t know who he was before the incident.”

Igwe and other members of the gang, Michael Ahamefula (28), Oyebuchi Echefule, Ndubusi Isaac, Victor Dagogo, Chima Okoro and John Edet, were arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari. Police alleged that Igwe and his members were arrested at different locations within Imo, Abia and Rivers states. The police also said that they recovered two AK- 47 rifles and six magazines loaded with 127 live ammunition. The gang was said to have carried out several high-profile robberies and kidnappings.

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