A kidnap suspect, Ifeanyi Ezechukwu, yesterday told journalists how he abducted his lady and her son over N70,000 accumulated rent. The N200,000 ransom paid to him was recovered and displayed. Ezechukwu and an accomplice, Chinedu, were arrested in Ikwerre, Rivers State, in connection with the abduction. The police also arrested two others, Michael Obi and Kelechi, for allegedly kidnapping a female student of the Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Owerri.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr. Jimoh Moshood, who paraded the suspects, also presented two suspected cultists before journalists. He said: “The operatives of IGP Monitoring Unit carried out raid on a kidnappers’ hideout at Umuike Allu area of Rivers State on March 20 about 12.30 p.m. and arrested Michael Obi (34) and Kelechi Ndukwu (30) and rescued the victim (name withheld), a student of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State.
“Equally, on March 23 about 10.10 a.m., another raid was carried out at Umuanwa community, Ikwerre Local Government Area in Rivers State and arrested Ifeanyi Ezechukwu (28) and Chinedu Amadi (18) for kidnapping their landlady and her son who were promptly rescued by the police team and reunited with their family.” “The suspects were identified by the victims and will be charged to court on completion of investigation.”
Moshood also said that on March 20, about 5 a.m., the IGP Monitoring Unit in Rivers State Command working on actionable intelligence with other specialised Technical Units of the Force under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, swooped on the hideout of vicious kidnap for ransom and cultist gang, Iceland Confraternity, in Ebitanwo/Rumuakude communities and arrested two members of the gang.
He said: “They (allegedly) confessed to the crime admitting to the various roles they played in the commission of various armed robberies, kidnappings and other cultist activities linked to them.” The FPRO listed the items recovered from the suspects to include one military Lar rifle No. 770786, one locally-made double-barrelled gun, two locally- made single-barrelled cutto- size guns, one locally-made pistol, seven cartridges and one expended cartridge.