Police arrest grandson, driver over kidnap of 90-year-old woman

By Ehi Ekhator, Colombo

It was a heartbreaking situation in Onitsha yesterday as police arrests grandson and driver of 90-year-old woman, Mrs. Madueke, who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen, and are now being questioned by team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in Awkuzu for their alleged involvement in the kidnap.

There was so much happiness at Adazi-Ani community in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambrea State due to the release after paying ransom to the kidnappers.

It was revealed that the gunmen who stormed Madueke’s home and whisked her away about eight days ago demanded for N50 million ransom.

Series of negotiation with the kidnappers reduced the ransom and the agreed amount was said to have been paid to the kidnappers before Madueke was released yesterday.

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A close associate of the family, Chief G. U. Okeke who is also a native of Adazi-Ani, said  in a telephone chat, yesterday, that the ransom was taken to the kidnappers somewhere in Nsukka,Enugu State, as they dictated, while victim was dropped at Abagana Junction in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State, from where the family picked her up.

Okeke who is the Chairman of G.U.O. Motors Limited, said the victim’s grand son and her driver are now being grilled over the kidnap.

At press time, the officer in-charge of SARS, James Nwafor, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP,  could not comment on the matter when contacted on phone as he said he was busy in a field operation.

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