Policemen arrest five kidnappers in Owerri




Men of the Imo State Police Command has arrested members of a five-man gang that stormed the NNPC mega station at Ihiagwa, Owerri West Local Government with a motorcycle, robbing the fuel attendants of N236,000 in the process.

This is even as two kidnapping suspects, who hail from Umualum Nekede in the same LGA and Abatete town, Idemili North LGA of Anambra State, were apprehended in the same town with their victim, Enekwachi Kenechukwu whom they kidnapped on New Market Road, Owerri.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Vitalis Onugu, the suspects shot sporadically into the air as they attempted to escape with their loot, but their luck ran out when they got into an uncompleted building to share their loot. With the assistance of a vigilante group, Onugu said the police was on their trail and eventually apprehended them.

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According to the DSP, one of them w said to hail from Orodo, Mbaitoli Local Government Area, escaped while in police net. The PPRO who, paraded the suspects before newsmen at the police command headquarters, Owerri, listed one English berretta pistol, two rounds of live ammunition, a locally made double barrel gun with six cartridges, N45,000 cash, one big bag of Indian hemp and objects suspected to be charms among the exhibits recovered from the suspects.

The police image maker also disclosed that on June 27 a team of anti-kidnapping unit led by one inspector Michael Nwachi, while on a routine patrol within Owerri metropolis received information that some group of boys suspected to be robbers boarded a bus with registration number XB 514 WER white in colour with inscription “Abia City transport service” which plies Owerri to Aba route was intercepted and a double barrel locally made pistol with three live cartridges was recovered.

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Disclosing more results of police onslaught against hoodlums in the state, Onugu said that another suspect on May 19 at Nzere Ehime Mbano council area butchered his mother with a cutlass and later sneaked into Onitsha where he was arrested.

The Commissioner of Police, Christopher Dega, who later spoke to newsmen, assured that the crusade against criminals would remain unabated until the state is rid of all undesirable elements.

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