The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested five persons for the abduction and murder of one Rosemary Jacob and two others.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Donald Awunah, said on Sunday that though the offence was committed on July 29, 2010, it took a painstaking intelligence to arrest the perpetrators of the offence on March 15, 2017.
The five suspected murderers are Friday Obonoh, Edidiong Boniface (aka Tunde); Anietie Donatus (akaTea Boy); Ubong Obonoh and Godwin Etim.
It was learnt that Obonoh was a former councillor in Oruk Anam Local Government Area and also a former personal assistant to the Peoples Democratic Party secretary, Mr. Ibanga Akpabio.
Awunah said the police received a report that one Rosemary Jacob was on 29 July, 2010 abducted alongside two other men on Abak Road, Uyo by a gang of seven men over an alleged failed land transaction.
He stated that the abducted persons were taken to a house within Ewet Housing Estate being the residence of Friday Obonoh, where they were tortured to death and their remains and vehicle disposed of.
“Painstaking intelligence led investigation to the arrest of the mastermind and perpetrators of this heinous crime on the 15th day of March, 2017 and they have all confessed to the various roles they played in the commission of the dastardly crime.
“The arrests illustrate that cases of this nature are not allowed to go cold in the Nigeria Police Force under the watch of the current Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris.
“It is a strong message that no matter how long it takes, if you commit a crime, be assured that the long arms of the law will eventually catch up with you wherever you may be and whatever your status in life,” he said.