Crime

IRT Bursts Deadly Kidnapping Gang In Rivers And South East

Nemesis has caught up with a 5-man kidnapping gang, specialising in kidnapping for ransom.

The suspects arrested; Chima Nwankwo, 31, of Osisioma Ngwa LGA of Abia State; Stanley Chukwunyere, 35, of Isiala Mbano LGA of Imo State; Okechukwu Edison, 40, of Emohua LGA of Rivers State and Justice Nlaa, 18, of Ogoni LGA of Rivers State according to the police were said to have been terrorising Rivers and South East parts of the country, but met their waterloo following the release of their victim, one Nkechi who reported her ordeal in the kidnappers den to the security operatives.

Subsequently, the suspected kidnappers were arrested by the FIB-Intelligence Response Team, IRT, commanded by DCP Tunji Disu, the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this to newsmen at the headquarters of IRT in Guzape, Abuja on behalf of Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba on Friday where the suspects confessed to their crimes.

The gang’s kingpin, Okechukwu Edison narrated their mode of operation when he claims: “I have been in kidnapping business since 2009. I was arrested by the police in 2012 for kidnapping and was sent to jail. I was among the prison inmates that ran away from jail during the attack on Imo State prison.

“I went back to the business. It was one Okechukwu Nwankwo that linked me with one Sunny to do the kidnapping job for him. Sunny and Nwankwo have escaped.”

CSP Adejobi explained that the victim was kidnapped in front of her shop, behind Shell petroleum at Rumudara in Obiakpor LGA of Rivers State.

Information revealed that the kidnappers had come under the guise of buying goods from her and forced her into their Lexus 470 Car and drove away to an unknown destination.They were said to be well armed with AK-47 rifles.

“They kept her in an uncompleted building for four days and released her after N1.5million ransom was paid. Operatives of the IRT put their shoulders to the wheel and arrested them through credible intelligence.” the Police Spokesperson said.

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