The State Security Service in Rivers has arrested five suspects for the kidnap and murder of a National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, member Sampson Worlu.
The deceased, who served in Imo State, South-east Nigeria, was abducted in November 2015.
The victim was killed even after his family parted with a N1 million ransom to facilitate his release.
Following months of investigation, a source in the SSS, who pleaded not to be named because she is not authorised to speak on the matter, spoke to online publication Premium Times and confirmed the arrest of the five suspects.
Their names were given as Chijioke Wisdom, Chinwendu Alozie, Wilfred Jumbo, Igwe Chikezie and Gift Peace Amadi.
According to the source, the suspects were arrested through Ms. Amadi, who is said to have lured the corps member to his abduction and death.
The suspects are expected be arraigned before a Port Harcourt Magistrate Court on April 18.
A brother to the deceased, Charles Worlu, revealed that the 32-year-old victim is an indigene of Ogbogoro in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of
Rivers the State.
Narrating what happened, Mr. Worlu said the deceased, who was called to Bar on October 2015, left for the NYSC camp in Imo State following his posting in November 12, 2015.
“We dropped him at Rumuokoro Junction to continue his journey to Imo State. We didn’t hear from him again that day,” he said.
“Early the next day, we received a strange call from a dreaded voice who claimed they have abducted Sampson. They gave him the phone to speak with us and he confirmed his kidnapped.”
“The abductors collected the phone from him and demanded we give them Five million naira before we could see our brother again.
“In fear that they could harm Sampson, we negotiated with them and dropped five hundred thousand naira for them at Eleme/Elelenwo/Akporjo Road near Shell location.
“They collected it and said we should pick our brother at Rumukurushi by Hospital Junction. But they never kept to their promise. After few days, they demanded for another five hundred thousand naira, we paid but never saw our brother.”
Mr. Worlu said the family reported the development to the state government, the police, the NYSC and the SSS.
He corroborated the information by the SSS source that it was through Ms. Amadi that his brother was lured to his death.
Mr. Worlu said the female suspect comes from their village, adding that she tricked Sampson using her phone and took him to where he was kidnapped and killed.
“We are demanding justice. I do not see the reason why people who commit crimes are allowed to walk freely in the society,” he said.