GRAPHIC: 21-Year-Old Man Kidnapped And Murdered By Alleged Army Officers In Imo

Leo Micah Killed By Ex-Soldiers OnoBello

Owerri Youths are currently protesting after a 21-year-old man identified as Leo Micah aka Leo Wire, was kidnapped last week in Imo allegedly by Army officials and taken to Anambra State, where he was gruesomely murdered.

Leo’s dead body was recovered in a bush in Anambra days later. He had his hands cuffed behind him and he was wearing only a pair of jeans with his body was decaying already. Also a heavy stone, which one of the suspects confessed was the object used in killing him, was found near his body

According to reports, a group of men in military uniforms, claiming to be soldiers, had arrested Leo and accused him of being a “Yahoo boy”. They forced him into “unidentified cars without plate numbers” and drove him along with his car to Anambra, where they held him hostage and demanded N4million as ransom.

His abductors contacted his younger brother to pay the ransome but he couldn’t afford it as he had just buried their mother – a burial Leo didn’t attend because he had been kidnapped. When the men didn’t receive the ransom, they reportedly emptied Leo’s account and killed him.

One of the suspects was caught while making plans to sell Leo’s Lexus-350 SUV. Word of Leo’s death got to his family and they informed the SARS division in Owerri, who then took action and tracked his phone, his car, and the bank account the money was transferred into, LIB reports.

One of the kidnappers was caught in the process and he took the SARS operatives to the bush where Leo’s body was dumped. The kidnapper, who had on a Nigerian military sweater, confessed to the crime. He said he was once a soldier and was dismissed in 2018. He went on to name his accomplices, one of whom he says is a soldier.

He confessed on camera  that they accused Leo of being a fraudster before they arrested him. He added that he and his accomplices used a huge stone to kill Leo and thereafter poured a substance on him.

The suspect said: “We arrested him in the name that he’s a Yahoo boy. So, we collected his car. Emmanuel and Ifeanyi Nwiwu used this stone to kill him. Emmanuel, the one who is… and Ifeanyi who is a soldier in Makurdi, used this stone to kill this man.”

“You were once a soldier, abi?” one of the SARS officers asked the suspect. He responded: “Yes, I was once a soldier. I was dismissed in 2018.”

A friend of Leo’s also disclosed to LIB, said it has become a common practice in the state for men in uniforms to arrest young men who own cars, and accuse them of “Yahoo Yahoo”, before leading them away in unmarked cars just to extort them.

Loved ones have taken to social media to trend the hashtag #JusticeForLeo. Also, friends and family have taken to the streets of Imo to protest his killing while demanding that the remaining culprits be brought to justice.

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