Police arrest four persons over murder of Ebonyi varsity student

Ebonyi State Police Command has arrested four suspects in connection with the alleged abduction and killing of Magnus Okeke, a student of Alex-Ekwueme Federal University (AE-FUNAI), in Ikwo Local Government Area of the state. 

The spokesman of the command, DSP Joshua Ukandu, confirmed the arrest on Thursday, June 20, 2024,  in Abakaliki.

“Yes, we have commenced an investigation on the matter and four persons have so far been arrested in connection with the heinous crime,” the PPRO said. 

“The victim’s body has been recovered and taken to the mortuary. Investigation is ongoing to unravel the death. Four suspects have been arrested so far.” 

The management of the university in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Elom Iyke Ubochi, confirmed that Okeke, an extra-year student of the Department of Accountancy was abducted on June 1, 2024, and was found dead 16 days later. 

Ubochi described the abduction and killing of Okeke as wicked.

“Yes, the security agencies have apprehended some of those alleged to be involved in the abduction and did everything possible to rescue him alive,” the statement read.

“Unfortunately, on Monday, June 17, the decomposing body of Okeke was painfully recovered under the bridge at Ako stream in Nwakpu village, on Ikwo/Abakaliki Road,” he said. 

The university urged anyone with useful information that could aid in the investigation to come forward and assist the authorities.