Ocholi Edicha, who is the principal suspect in the killing of the Kogi PDP woman leader, Salome Abuh, has confessed to slapping her on the day of the state governorship election due to “party issue”.
Edicha made the confession at the Kogi State Police Command headquarters, Lokoja while he was paraded before journalists on Tuesday.
The suspect however denied having a hand in the burning of Abuh’s house while she was inside.
Edicha, who claimed to be a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, 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.”
Earlier, the state police commissioner, Hakeem Busari, had told journalists how the suspects were arrested.
He said, “On the 18th November, at about 1630 hours, one Musa Etu of Ochadamu, in the 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 and Gowon Simeon both of Ochadamu.
“In the process, Gowon Simeon stabbed Awolu Zekeri with a knife on his lap and he died on the way to hospital.”
He said 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 and 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.
Those arrested were Ocholi Edicha, Adamu Haruna, Onu Egbunu, Musa Alidu, Atai Haruna Egwu and Attach Ejeh.
The commissioner said all the suspects had confessed to their involvement in the killing of the late Salome Abuh and would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.