A young man has been arrested along with his accomplice by men of the Enugu state police command. The suspects who are members of the dreaded Black Axe confraternity otherwise known as Aiye, were arrested in connection with the killing of a 105-year-old traditional ruler, Chief Eze Nwah-Onuh, in Igboeze North Local Government Area of the state.
The monarch, Nwa-Onu of Ekposhi Umuidoko village in Ogurute community was allegedly strangled on August 9.
The command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, gave the names of the suspects as: Onyeka Abugu, 22; Ogbonna Eze, 22 and Nnamdi Eze, 19 and said they were already helping the command in its investigation.
The spokesman said the body of the deceased had been deposited in a hospital mortuary.
It was said that on that fateful day the cultists conspired and strangled the deceased over a yet-to-be established issue or issues and escaped.
In a trending video, one of the nabbed suspects confessed that they killed the traditional ruler in order to increase their ranks (Kpowai) and to be well recognised in the cult group. But the villagers think there is more to the story.
They are currently in police custody helping with investigation.