The Edo State Police Command has arrested one suspect in connection with the killing of a pastor,  the late Pius Eromosele, in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, confirmed the arrest on Sunday.

He, however, did not give the identity of the suspect, whom he said was undergoing interrogation.

Eromosele, said to be a pastor of the Church of God Mission in Benin, was reportedly killed by unknown gunmen in Odighi community.

The deceased was said to have been abducted by the assailants while working on his farm on March 29.

The decomposing body and that of another victim were found by a group of hunters and vigilantes five days later.

The eldest son of the deceased, Dr. Richard, had alleged that his late father was killed by suspected herdsmen, who demanded a ransom of N4m.

Richard had also alleged that the herdsmen shot his late father at close range and inflicted a deep cut on his (Eromosele) head, after accusing the deceased of killing their cows.

But the police dismissed reports that Eromosele was killed by Fulani herdsmen.

Kokumo, who spoke with Southern City News on the telephone, described the incident as a case of kidnapping, adding that only one person was killed in the incident.

The CP stated, “One suspect was arrested and is currently undergoing interrogation. It was a clear case of kidnapping.

“I have not seen where herdsmen and farmers clash and the herdsmen demand ransom. Three people were kidnapped. Two of them escaped from the kidnappers’ camp.




“The third person (Eromosele), who was not lucky enough, was the one who employed the two other persons to work in his farm. Eromosele was the one that was killed.

“It was a pure case of kidnapping. The escape of the other two could have got the kidnappers angry.”

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