Godfrey Zwallmark, a retired Army Captain, was assassinated in Rivers State. In September, Zwallmark was kidnapped in Rivers’ Eleme Local Government Area and slain by his kidnappers, who wanted a N200 million ransom from his family. After the case was reported, three people were detained.
The crime occurred on September 18, 2021, but was not reported to the police until a month later, according to Rivers State Commissioner of Police, CP Eboka, who spoke to journalists at the spot where the 64-year-old retired officer’s bones were discovered.
Eboka said police swung into action and through due intelligence arrested three suspects identified as Frank Ishie, Iwuji Reginald, Gomba Okparaji.
The suspects were said to have demanded for ransom from the family of the deceased before he was killed. One of the suspects, Ishie confessed to the crime, telling journalists that the victim was kidnapped at Agbonchia in Eleme Local Government Area.
He said he was shot on the leg as he “proved stubborn” while being taken to their den. Ishie revealed that the army captain bled to death while his remains were dropped off at the new layout off Igbo-Etche road in Etche Local Government Area of the State.
The suspect who also confessed to being involved in four different kidnap operations, added that their victims were kept at their hideout at Igbo-Etche before ransoms were paid.