According to the State Police Commissioner,Chris Ezike the prime suspect is a 32-year-old ex-corporal, Jude Madu, who masterminded the abduction of the cleric.
Rev Fr Onunkwo was kidnapped and later found dead while returning home for the funeral rites of his father, Celestine Onunkwo .
Others are Izuchukwu Okafor, 28, from Ukwukwa in Azia in Anambra state; Cyril Onyema, 29, from Okwelle in Imo state; Emmanuel Ozuigbo, 29, Ezeagu in Enugu state; Victor Ikechukwu, 33, from Obowo in Imo state; and Ifechukwu Nwosu, 28, a native of Azia in Ihiala Local Government Area.
CP Ezike said the command’s massive manhunt across three states of Imo, Anambra and Rivers led to the arrest.
Moreso,the police boss said the late priest’s telephone and his wrist watch were recovered from two out of the six suspects.
“The investigating team using forensic technology and backed up by hard work, commitment, passion and hunger for success arrested ex-corporal Jude Madu who was found in possession of late Rev Fr Onunkwo’s Infinix telephone handset” said Ezike.
Continuing, the CP, stated that the ex-corporal “was a member of the Armed robbery/kidnapping syndicate and took part in the operation. He holds a National Diploma from Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, and was arrested on September 5, at control post in Owerri in possession of the deceased’s phone. He has confessed to the crime.”