The team set up by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the gruesome murder of DSP Mohammed Alkali in Rivers State during the December 10, 2016 re-run parliamentary election has arrested the principal suspects.
Force spokesman, Don Awunah, in a statement Thursday night, gave the names as Noble Nwaerema; Dike Deinpiribo; Valentine Alalibo; Onwunari J. Warmate and Iloke Stephen.
It said upon further interrogation of the suspects, it was discovered that the gang doubled as political thugs who were part of the group recruited by politicians from Rivers and neighboring States to scuttle the poll.
Continuing he said: “The suspects have confessed to the crime and are cooperating with the Police to recover the severed part of the slain officer.
“Investigation is on top gear to rescue the missing orderly to the murdered officer and recover the police vehicle that was snatched during the incident. The suspects were also found out to be linked to the leader of a major political party in the state.
“The Inspector General of Police is hereby soliciting for information,support and cooperation of the good people of Rivers State in apprehending the remaining members of the gang who are more likely to cause further harm to security personnel and innocent citizens.
“However, the Nigeria Police Force is determined to ensure that gangsterism, cultism and sponsored political assassinations become a thing of the past in Rivers State and Nigeria at large.”