The soldier is alleged to be the leader of a gang that murdered two policemen and kidnapped the hotel MD at Oguta
The Imo State Police Command has declared a soldier, Chika Nwabrije, wanted in connection with the murder of a hotel proprietor, Emeka Aseme, last month.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Musa Katsina, made the announcement at a news conference in Owerri on Thursday.
He said that Mr. Nwabrije, a soldier with the Nigerian Army, was alleged to be the leader of the gang that murdered two policemen and kidnapped Mr. Aseme, the Director of Naija Plaza Hotel, Oguta on February 24.
The hotel director, he said, was later murdered.
Mr. Katsina said the suspect, who allegedly supplied military uniforms and arms to the arrested suspects, was also wanted for assassination, armed robbery and rape.
He said that the suspects came from Rivers on February 21 to Oguta where they were housed by one Ifeoma Ukachukwu, a native of Oguta.
The police commissioner said that Mr. Ukachukwu, a suspected drug dealer, was believed to have provided information on the victim.
He said that Mr. Ukachukwu also housed the suspects from February 21 to 24 when they finally committed the crime.
The commissioner said that the suspects, disguised as military men, shot and abducted Mr. Aseme on February 24 and later buried him in a shallow grave after he died from gunshot injuries.
Mr. Katsina said that one of the suspects, Ndidi Okorie, was arrested a few hours after the incident through “the combined efforts of the Special Ambush Squad, the Command Intelligence Unit and the expanded strategic partners in Rivers State”.
He said the information provided by Mr. Okorie led to the arrest of the other suspects.
The two policemen and Mr. Aseme were murdered by kidnappers as the latter tried to kidnap Mr. Aseme in Oguta on February 24.
The commissioner called on the public to come forward with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Nwabrije.