June 7, 2019
The Ebonyi State Police Command on Friday arrested five suspected kidnappers that abducted one Barr. Igwe Chigozie at a gunpoint in front of his residence at Goddy Ogbaga avenue in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital.
Briefing journalist at the Police Headquarters Abakaliki, the State Police Commissioner, CP Awosola Awotinde said that the victim was kidnapped in his Toyota Corolla car with Reg number KRD 444 FE and taken to an unknown destination.
CP Awotinde said that operatives of Anti-kidnapping wing of operation puff adder immediately swing into action and the victim was rescued at Ukwuachi along Abakaliki/Enugu express road.
He stated that the kidnappers made away with the victims Samsung Galaxy Prime Core handset, his Toyota Corolla car and a cash sum of N2, 500 adding that on the 19th of May, 2019, one Chibueze Okpara a 33 year old member of the kidnap gang was arrested at Nkwegu Army barracks mammy market by operatives of puff adder.
The CP noted the arrest of Okpara led the police team to Enugu state where the kidnapper’s kingpin and other members of the gang namely Chinedu Okorie “31”, Chibuzor Onyia Onuigbo, “30”, Agbo Emmanuel “31” and Taoreed Folawewo, “39” were arrested at different locations in Enugu State.
According to the CP, items recovered from the gang includes, one locally made revolver pistol with two live AK 47 ammunition, one expended ammunition used during the operation and a total number of 7 cars.