Four arrested over murder of APC House of Reps aspirant in Imo


APCThe Imo State Police Command has commenced investigation into circumstances surrounding the murder of an All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirant for the Mbaitoli/Ikeduru Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives, Hon. Kingsley Nkemka.

Nkemka, a former member of the Imo State House of Assembly, was on Tuesday September 9 fatally shot by suspected assassins.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the brutal killing of the ex-lawmaker, said four suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and are now undergoing interrogation.

“Yes, Nkemka was assassinated this Tuesday and we have swung into action to unravel the mystery surrounding this heinous killing.

“As I am talking with you now, four suspects are now in police net undergoing interrogation and we will stop at nothing to expose and prosecute those who killed the young man,” Enwerem said.

A statement by Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Emeka Ahaneku, explained that Nkemka was hale and hearty at the resumption of the sitting of the House before his cold blooded murder.

Nkemka was until his death was an aide to incumbent Speaker, Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu.

According to Ahaneku, the deceased had travelled to some of the electoral wards in his constituency in continuation of his meet the people tour with party supporters to drum up support for his ambition.

“He had a brief stop over at a popular T-junction at Ohaohia Mbieri in the Mbaitoli LGA to meet with one of his facilitators who had called him on phone around 8 or 9pm before the sad incident,” Ahaneku said.

Speaker of the State House of Assembly when the late Nkemka was a lawmaker, Chief Maxwell Duru, has expressed shock at the killing, saying “I was dumbfounded and shocked when I heard that  he had been killed by yet to be identified gunmen. Right now I do not have personal details of whether it was a case of assassination or not and I am pleading with the law enforcement agencies to do everything within their capability to arrest the perpetrators to serve as a deterrent to others.”

Expectedly, news of the killing of Nkemka, who hailed from Umunoha in the Mbaitoli LGA, has sent fresh fears and apprehension among the political class in the state especially those angling for elective positions in the forthcoming 2015 general elections in the country.