Ondo police apprehend suspect over killing of Catholic Priest, brother.….. Family seeks justice

The Police in Ondo state have arrested one Simeon Nonye Anyaegbu in connection with the gruesome murder of a Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Godwin Ofonyelu and his younger brother, Obikwelu Ofonyelu.

He was arrested on Tuesday 15 October 2019 and brought to Akure three days after by men of the state Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Anyaegbu arrest was made possible
following a tipoff

The Catholic Priest and his brother were allegedly set ablaze with their Jeep car by the suspect while traveling along Owo-Ose–Ikare Akoko road on their way from Lagos in 2015.

It was gathered that the suspect was not arraigned in court due to complicit
by the police men in charge of the case

The family has now raised alarm over the delay in charging the suspect to court by the police.

In 2015, a group of armed men ambushed and killed Rev. Father Godwin Ofonyelu, 40 years, and his brother Late Obikwelu Ofonyelu, 36 years, along Owo-Ose road.

Anyaegbu who is of Umuajana Village, Ebenebe, Awka North Local Government, Anambra State was alleged to have masterminded the armed robbery and the killings of the two men because of the land dispute in Anambra State.

Sir Christian Ofonyelu, who is the father of two siblings, Rev. Father Godwin Ofonyelu and his brother Late Obikwelu Ofonyelu who were allegedly murdered in 2015, called for justice in the gruesome murder of his children.

The father also raised the alarm over threat to his life and other family members by one Simeon Nonye Anyaegbu suspected to be behind the death of his children.

It was learnt that the deceased were coming from Lagos when hoodlums waylaid them between Ose and Oba-Akoko and shot them several times while the vehicle in which they were travelling was said to have consequently burst into flames, a case police promised to arrest the perpetrators.

In a petition addressed to the Deputy Commissioner of Police,
Ondo State Police Command
Akure,Ondo State and dated 19/08/2019, the deceased father, through his legal counsel said “Sir, this is to inform you that one Simeon Nonye Anyaegbu of Umuajana Village, Ebenebe, Awka North Local Government, Anambra State has confessed to masterminding the armed robbery and their killings because of the land dispute he has with our client.”

Police Public Relations officer (PPRO), Mr Femi Joseph who confirmed the arrest of the suspect, said the police would followed due process in investigating the case.

The Police spokesman noted that the case would be charged to court at appropriate time.