Three murder suspects in Rivers State have been arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Monday.
The suspects were picked upon following an investigation linking them to the murder of a courier agent for an online marketing company, jumia.
The victim was said to have responded to an online request for delivery of mobile phones to the suspects, who killed him and dumped his corpse in a soakaway pit.
Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Zaki Ahmed said that residents in the area helped to identify the suspects.
“It is the effort of the security agents and the community people. Some residents in the community alerted us when they noticed suspicious movements around the area, that’s how we were able to crack this crime.
“I always say that those who commit crime live in the community and if we notice any strange movement, we should speak up. See something, say something,” the Police Commissioner said.
One of those arrested said he was innocent of the crime and had allegedly gone to visit at his friend’s house when he saw him dragging a bag to the pit.
“I just came in and saw him (pointing to his friend by his side) at the extreme packaging something that looked like a black waste and he said to me go inside and wait for me, I’m coming.
“I also over heard a tenant asking him what he was doing there and when I got inside, I saw blood in the bath and a bag that apparently belonged to the victim.
“Due to my asking questions, he brought out a gun and pointed it at my head that if I say anything to anyone concerning what I have seen, he will wipe out my family,” he said.
The police have since taken the corpse to the mortuary while the suspects have been detained at the base of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.