Friday Akpan, alias Trouble, a key suspect in the kidnap and murder of three University students in Rivers State has spoken how heinous crime was carried out by members of his gang.
The undergraduate students, Nelson Nwafor, Fortune Obemba and Joy Adoki, mysteriously went missing on April 7th, 2020.
Joy Adoki is said to be a 400 level student of Management Sciences in the University of Port Harcourt, Choba.
The other two male victims were said to be fresh students in the Faculty of Engineering.
Akpan, who confessed to be a member of the dreaded Iceland Cult group took the Police to a forest in Eteo, Eleme Local Government Area where the students were gruesomely killed and buried in shallow graves.
He said one of the students reportedly had issues with one Bright, a member of his gang, over an undisclosed amount of money that was allegedly paid to the late student’s account.
According to the suspect, the said Bright had accused the particular student of betraying him.
In what appears to be a set up, Akpan diclosed that the three students visited Bright’s house, it was then Bright called him (Akpan) and some other gang members to abduct them and carry out the dastardly act.
He further gave a shilling testimony in Pidgin English of the last moments of the victims.
In his words, “When we carry the boys come reach here (the forest), we first of all kill the first boy, na from there we come kill the second, and then we come kill the girl last.
Stating further, he said, “Na Bright carry the gun come. The bullet na red bullet. One of them, bullet no enter him bodi na for there, them come use matchet for him head before the boy die.
“Their three enter motor come bright house, na for there Bright call us for phone say the boy betray am. Say he get money wey enter the boy account”.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Command has confirmed that the decomposed bodies of the students have been recovered.
According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni one of the kidnappers led operatives of the Anti-kidnapping Unit to the scene of the crime.
According to the Police, two other members of the gang have also been arrested.
The statement said, “at the early hours of today, one of the suspects by name Friday Akpan ‘m’ took the Operatives to a forest at Eteo in Eleme LGA, where the bodies of the victims were recovered.
“The remains of the deceased Students have been deposited in the Mortuary. Exhibits recovered from them include: One AK47 Rifle, Three Magazines, Seventy two (72) rounds of Ammunition”, it disclosed.
The PPRO further assured of the commitment of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph G Mukan to ensuring that the the families of the deceased students get justice.
Also, the Students Union Government (SUG) of the University of Port Harcourt has described the killing of the students as gruesome and disheartening.
In a statement by Serekara Fyneface jnr, Director of Information, the student body called for justice for the victims, while also demanding for the perpetrators of this heinous crime to face the full wrath of law.