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How Three Brothers, Killed, Buried Woman in Septic Tank in Abuja

The Nigerian Police have arrested and paraded three brothers for the kidnap and murder of a mother of 5 in Abuja.

Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Unit arrested Johnson Emmanuel – 38 years, Gideon Emmanuel 31years and Success Emmanuel 27years for the kidnap and gruesome murder of one Misus Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya .

In a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the suspects, born by same parents, all male and native of Isiekenesi, Ideato LGA of Imo State were arrested on 14th May, 2020 by the Police in their home town where they had taken refuge after committing the crime in Abuja, in order to evade police arrest.

Investigations that led to the arrest of the suspects is sequel to complaints received from one Chinedu Ogbonnaya who alleged that his mother, Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya, 55yrs, native of Ozuitem in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State had been kidnapped and a 5-Million naira ransom demanded before she could be released.

Investigations by the police operatives resulted in the arrest of the three suspects, whom, in the course of interrogation, revealed that the victim had long been murdered and buried.

Further findings revealed that the victim, a widow, who had been a Facebook friend of the principal suspect, Johnson Emmanuel, was lured from her home in Gwagwalada to visit the suspect. The suspect thereafter took advantage of the visit, served her yoghurt laced with drugs and subsequently had her murdered.

The suspect having killed the victim and buried her remains in a septic tank, went ahead to reach out to the family of the victim using her phone and demanded 5-Million naira ransom as pre-condition for her release.   ​

on the 4th June, 2020, the suspects led a team of investigators alongside pathologists to a residence at Wumba District, Lokogoma, Abuja where the victim’s decomposing body was exhumed from a septic tank. The exhumed body has been taken to the University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja for forensic examination.

A Toyota Highlander Jeep belonging to the deceased has also been recovered by Police operatives at a mechanic workshop in Apo, where it had been repainted into a different colour and the vehicle documents fraudulently changed and ownership of the stolen vehicle transferred to one of the masterminds of the crime Johnson Emmanuel.

Investigations also revealed that the house where the deceased was killed and buried originally belonged to one of the suspects but was hurriedly sold-off to a third party apparently to obliterate evidence.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, while commending the operatives for a job well done, reassures that perpetrators of any form of crimes in the country will not go undetected and unpunished. He however enjoins citizens to be more security conscious and report any suspicious activities within their neighbourhood to the nearest police station.


This unfortunate incident is synonymous to killing of late Cynthia Osokogu,  the only daughter of General Frank Osokogu RTD,  investigations into Cynthia’s death revealed that after her drink was drugged she was strangled to death by her friends she met on facebook.

The word advice is for citizens to weary of friends they met on the internet and to be circumspect of the transactions they engage with total strangers.