May 28, 2023

Imo State Police Command have arrested a wanted kidnap kingpin who has been on the run for a long time also rescuing a kidnapped victim during the raid.

Although the victim was unharmed . According to The Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abattam, the kidnapper was captured during an embark together with the vigilante group of different communities raiding the forest on criminal hideouts at Ohuba village in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

“The hoodlums on sighting the police operatives immediately engaged them in a gun duel, but were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the police, resulting in the arrest of one Amarachi Amadi aka Ishiegburumma ‘m’ aged 28 years, the leader of a notorious kidnapping gang who is on the wanted list of the Command. He sustained bullet wounds during the gun battle while others escaped with bullet injuries into the forest“Operatives while combing the forest saw the kidnapped victim, Uzondu Ikeazuta ‘m’ aged 45 years, a native of Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, in chains. He was freed unhurt. In the same vein, the police recovered the following exhibits: one cut to size single barrel gun with six rounds of live cartridges, one locally made double barrel shotgun, one bus with the registration number WER 04 XB, one dagger, one ATM card, substances suspected to be Indian Hemp, Airtel recharge cards, charms, ropes used to tie victims and three cell phones.“In the course of debriefing the victim, it was revealed that he was kidnapped by a five-man armed gang, on the 28/8/2022 at 1300 hours, at Imo Specialist Hospital junction Umuguma in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State. While in their custody, he was subjected to inhuman tortures that, almost resulted in the cutting off his manhood for ritual purposes.”

“The suspect while undergoing interrogation, admitted being the Capone of the kidnapping syndicate and confessed to several kidnapping cases, but could remember vividly seven and how they beheaded one of their victims, Justice Ikechukwu Francis Okoroji on the 5th of January, 2020. His confession has led to the arrest of one Oriaku Lucky ‘m’ aged 26 of Umugologo Ohuba in Ohaji/Egbema LGA and Peace Victor Sunday ‘f’ aged 19 of Unah Eket in Akwa Ibom State.” the statement read.

The victim also testified the kidnappers were demanding for a ransom of One Million Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,700,000.00) before he could be released from their captivity.

Marvelous Ogidi

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