From Ahnad Ibrahim Lokoja
The principal suspect in the killing of late Mrs Salome Abuh, the women leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ofu local government area of Kogi State, Ocholi Edicha has confessed to slapping her on the day of the state governorship election due to party differences.
However, the suspect has denied being responsible for the gruesome murder of the fallen politician.
Ocholi Edicha made this known to newsmen yesterday at the headquarters of the state Police Command in Lokoja, the state capital.
Edicha who claimed to be a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC said “It’s true that we had issues on the day of the election, and I slapped her, but I did not partake in her killing”.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Busari had earlier told journalists how the suspects were rounded up by the men of the state command.
According to him, on the 18th November, this year, at about 1630 hours, one Musa Etu of Ochadamu, in Ofu local government area of Kogi State, reported at Ofu police Station that at about 1030hrs of the same date,there was a misunderstanding between one Awolu Zekeri ( late) and Gowon Simeon both of Ochadamu.
In the process, the police boss further revealed, Gowon Simeon stabbed Awolu Zekeri with a knife on his lap and that the latter later died on his way to the hospital.
He said that angry youths in the area mobilised to the house of one Simeon Abuh who is an uncle to the suspect and set the house ablaze, thereby burnt Mrs Salome Abuh, aged 60 to death.
The commissioner said the police launched a manhunt for the suspects and arrested six in connection with the killing.
According to him, those arrested are Ocholi Edicha, Adamu Haruna,Onu Egbunu,Musa Alidu, Atai Haruna Egwu and Attach Ejeh.
The commissioner said that all the suspects have confessed to their involvement in the killing of late Salome Abuh and would be charged to court as soon as investigation into the matter was concluded.