…robbed him of N5m, valuables
- I was initiated into the gang on day of kidnap, says 400-level female student
Two weeks after Chief Monday Okeh, a business mogul in Ebonyi State popularly known as Emebeifego and Monablis was kidnapped, dispossessed him of N5million, shot and thrown into a river, those behind the crime have been arrested. The hoodlums also dispossessed Okeh of valuable items worth over N4million during the kidnap. Also arrested is one Muritala Usman who bought Oke’s stolen necklace worth N2. 5million. Usman bought the gold necklace for N600,000.
The suspects have been arrested including their leader who got N2.7million from the operation and a 400-level female student of Sociology of Ebonyi State University. They have all confessed to the crime. Okeh who owns a popular hotel in Abakaliki known as Monablis, was kidnapped on the night of May 21, in front of the hotel at No 55 Nnorom Street, Mile 50, Abakaliki and taken to a river. He was shot and thrown into the river.
He however survived the incident. He is the second hotelier that was kidnapped after Chukwuma Ajah, Chief Executive Officer of CHUJAH Hotels, Amaizu, Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state, who was kidnapped early this year, killed with body sliced and packaged in a Ghana-Must-Go bag and dumped near the hotel. In the Okeh’s case, the hoodlums after kidnapping him forced him to transfer N5million to their individual accounts before taking him to the river where he was shot and thrown in Okeh however escaped with the bullet wounds. The suspects before Okeh’s kidnap had attacked one Ikwuobe Odeh Samuel at his residence at Number 10, Ofor Street, Abakaliki, kidnapped him and his friend in his Toyota Highlander Jeep with registration number MKD 421 TS and whisked them to nearby bush at Azugwu Onuebonyi.
The hoodlums robbed Samuel and his friend of the sum of N51, 000, one HP laptop valued at N170, 000, Tecno canon phone valued at N54, 000 and Toyota Highlander Jeep valued at N3.5m before attacking Okeh. Medical experts have successfully extracted the bullets from the spinal cord region of Chief Okeh and he is said to be responding to treatment.
Yesterday, six persons including the gang leader were paraded by the state police command alongside seven others arrested for various crimes. Those paraded for Okeh’s kidnap include; Chinonso Desmond (22) from Obowo Imo State, Ugwu Okechukwu (22) from Ugwulangwu community, Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Loveth Okpara Nnenna (26) from Uburu also in Ohaozara LGA. She is a 400-level student of Ebonyi State University in the department of Sociology. Others are: Nnaemeka Nwinya (32) and Igwe Ekene (28). Chinonso Desmond admitted that he was the one that shot and threw Okeh into the river. He also confessed that he made N2.5million from the kidnap but police said he made N2.7million.
He said: “It was my friend MD Mohammed that involved me in the kidnap of Monablis. It was in the night that they called me on phone in Enugu State and I came down to Abakaliki for the kidnap of the man. I was smoking with them, we discussed how to execute the kidnap. We moved to the street where Monablis hotel is located. We were smoking and saw Monablis when he was coming out of his hotel and/ followed him. “We blocked his car.
After we blocked him, we took him to a place called Azugwu in Abakaliki and when we got there, the man gave us N150, 000. MD forced him to do mobile transfer for us to get more money from him and he did the transfer. He transferred N1.5million into my account. MD did not have an account and he transferred money for MD also into my account. He transferred N1million for MD and in total it was N2.5million he transferred into my account for both MD and I.
“After the transfer, MD said the man knows him very well. We took him (Monablis) to a river. I don’t know the name of the river but they called it Ebonyi River. The man was begging us, when he tried to escape we shot him. I was the one that shot him, we were not sent by anyone to kidnap him.” On her part, Okpara Nnenna Loveth told Saturday Telegraph in an interview that she participated in the kidnap. She disclosed that she was also initiated into the Baggers confraternity by the gang on the day Okeh was kidnapped. She said: “I was arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery. I was at home when Desmond and MD, the one that ran away, came to me at Azugwu where I was staying and told me to enter their car and I entered car.
I didn’t know where we were going but we landed in a bush and I saw two guys lying down. Within a short period of time, Desmond carried Monablsi (Emebeifego) and came in. Then, they released the two guys that were lying down. “Desmond said to Monablis ‘oga, let’s do business’ and he said no problem. He asked Monablis how much he had in his account and he replied him. He asked Monablis to transfer all the money into our individual accounts and he agreed. He sent N1.5 million into my own account and Desmond told me to give N500, 000 to one of us here and that I should also give N500, 000 to the one that ran away and then leave the remaining N500, 000 in my own account. They kept two guys with me so that I would not run away from the area.
“They then carried Monablis into one bush where they shot him. I was not there when they shot him. When they came back, they started fighting themselves saying ‘they didn’t shoot the man very well, that he ran away. Desmond ordered two guys to go into the river and find Monablis, that the man is not dead. I am final student of Ebonyi State University in department of Sociology. I know this group as cultists and I met them this semester. My boyfriend was once in police cell in Enugu and it was through him that I met Okechukwu, one of us.
“They told me that my boyfriend was coming from Enugu to shoot me because I reported the person that stole my cell phone, that he asked me not to report to the police and I reported to the police. On his way back with two guns, they arrested him with the two guns. It was on the day that Monablis was kidnapped that I was initiated into cultism, it was the group that initiated me.
I belong to Bagger confraternity”. Muritala Usman who is from Sokoto State but based in Enugu said he was arrested for buying necklace worth N2.5million belonging to Okeh from the gang and that he bought it for N600,000. He said: “I don’t have any role in the kidnap. I am doing Bureau de Change business and on Wednesday morning I was in my shop when the gang leader with a young lady brought necklace for me to buy.
The lady told me that she lost her mother and that they wanted to do her funeral and that they needed money for it. “After we finished doing the business and I gave them the money, two days later police came and arrested me. They asked me where the necklace was and that I should provide it. I did as they said. I bought the necklace at the rate of N600, 000. While parading the suspects, the state Police Public Relations Officer ASP Loveth Odah said the suspects on May 21, 2018 at 10:pm, double-crossed a man in front of his Monablis hotel and kidnapped him with his Honda Car with registration number KJA 47EC.
She disclosed that the suspects took him to Azugwu in the capital city and robbed him of N200, 000, gold necklace valued N2.5million, hand bag valued at N600, 000, belt valued at N180, 000, ring valued at N300, 000, shoes valued at N45, 000, wrist watch valued at N65, 000, hand bag valued N70, 000, Iphone 8+plus valued at N570, 000 and Samsung galaxy edge+ phone valued at N220,000. Odah said the suspects forced Okeh to transfer N5, 200, 000.00 to their various accounts viz: Okpara Nnenna Loveth NI.5million, Chimdindu Divine Favour N1,000,000.00) and their gang leader Chinonso Desmond who took the lion share of N2,700,000.00). “Mr. Monday Okeh was shot and pushed into the river by the said gang and they believed that he had died. The first victims, Mr. Samuel and friend, were released unhurt. The intelligence led investigation took the operatives to Enugu/Nsukka, where five members of the gang were arrested,” the PPRO stated.
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