Port Harcourt, Nigeria. August 29th. Policemen from the Rivers State Command have arrested one Roland Peter – a member of a notorious gang who allegedly abducted Pastor Samuel Okpara, killed and beheaded him, before using his liver, intestine and other internal organs for pepper soup and plantain porridge meal. The victim, Pastor Samuel Okpara, who hailed from Edoha in Ahoada East Local Council, was abducted on August 15, 2017, from his house.
The suspect, Roland Peter, who was arrested while preparing the meal in his house at Abarikpo in Ahoada East Local Council of the state confessed to have known the victim but denied using his body parts for pepper soup.
“Yes I know Pastor Samuel Okpara, but it is not true that I used his body parts for pepper soup. I am a servant of God, I am being paraded because the Lord said my kitchen shall be for everyone he created. So, I usually open my kitchen for everyone.
“One day, my wife told me a guy is in my house and I came and asked him why he was in my house, he said he is hungry and I ordered her to give him food because if you deny the guys what they want, they will rape your wife, kill you and your children. So, to save my wife and family, we gave him food and the police came in the night and arrested me,” Roland Peter said.
Asked what he used to prepare the meal, he said: “My wife cooked soup with fish, not meat and it’s the same food we gave him, I am also a mechanic and the head pastor of God’s Tabernacle Church. So, I can’t lie.”
Photo: Roland Peter
The State’s Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, told newsmen yesterday in Port Harcourt when Roland Peter and 25 others were paraded at the state police headquarters, Moscow road, that Peter was allegedly in possession of the gang’s riffles.
The police boss disclosed that the gang is led by one Justus, popularly known as High-tension, who also hails from Abarikpo in Ahoada East Local Council area of the state. Ahmed said the suspect is helping the police in their investigation.
Giving newsmen an update on the escaped suspected ritualist that killed an eight-year-old girl and decapitated her, the Commissioner said the evidence tendered during the trial of the ex-police officer who aided the escape of the suspect, JohnBosco Okorooze, revealed that he unilaterally premeditated the release of the suspect before raising the alarm of his escape.He, however, declared
He, however, declared a N1 million reward for anyone with vital information that can lead to the re-arrest of the suspect. While assuring that the suspect would be arrested soon, he vowed that the ex-police officer and the suspect would surely face the wrath of the law.
Read the press statement from the Rivers State Police Command:
“The Rivers state police Command in continuation of her onslaught against abducting arrested one Roland Peter, a member of a notorious gang, that abducted Pastor Samuel Okpara from Edoha, Ahoada LGA, Rivers State on 15th August, 2017 who was abducted, killed and beheaded and whose liver and intestine were used for pepper-soup and plantain portage while cooking in their camp.
He is alleged to be in possession of the gang’s riffles, led by one Justus, surname unknown but popularly known as High-Tension from Abarikpo in Ahoada East Local Government Area. He is helping in the Police Investigation.
Furthermore, Operatives of SARS in a covert operation arrested Belema Oriasi ‘m’, Michael Eboh ‘m’ and Godspower Isreal ‘m’ who are said to be the gang operating along Ada George Road. Also the Special Anti Robbery Squad arrested Rabiu Mohammed ‘m’, Smart Moses ‘m’, Tony Victory ‘m’, Patrick Job ‘m’, Ndubuisi Odoagi ‘m’, Uchenna Okoro ‘m’, Answer Eze ‘m’, Friday Ichendu ‘m’, Anthony Horfall ‘m’, they are said to be the criminal gang operating along the East West Road.
They are helping the Police and will be charged to Court as soon as Investigation is concluded….”
Photo: Roland Peter (second from left) and gang paraded by Nigeria Police
It would be recalled that Ifeanyi Chukwu Maxwell Dike, a 23-year-old 200-level student of the Faculty of Science, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was arrested for allegedly killing an eight-year-old girl named Victory Chikamso.
Dike who was arrested for the death of little Victory in a case suspected to be a ritual murder was handed over to the police after being caught by a local vigilance group in the Eliozu axis of Port Harcourt but escaped from police custody on Sunday.