Suspected Kidnappers operating in Enugu, Imo and Abia States, who were arrested for their alleged kidnapping activities which gave sleepless nights to residents of the affected area have confessed how they raped a married woman whom they kidnapped after collecting ransom from her husband.
They also confessed how they kidnapped a Rev. Father and collected N400,000 before setting him free.
The suspects were arrested by the operatives of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team, IRT.
Saturday INDEPENDENT gathered that 16 members of a notorious kidnapping gang have been arrested. It was also revealed that five cars and 10 mobile phones belonging to different persons, kidnapped by members of this gang, have also been recovered by the police. Also recovered were an Ak47 rifle, a pump action gun, five locally made pistols and cartridges.
It was learned that members of this gang, specialised in raping female victims, and have their operating camps in Osisioma Local Government Area of Abia State, were rounded up after the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed received complaints about their activities.
Sources at the Force Headquarters, Abuja disclosed that operatives of the IRT, headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, were deployed to Aba Town, following discreet intelligence reports, to track down and dismantle kidnapping network of members of this gang.
The source disclosed that, a three week- operation was launched by the IRT operatives and 16 members of the gang identified as Nwazuoke Ijima, a.k.a XX, Maduabuchukwu Amamba, a.k.a commander, Eze Chikwe a.k.a Afo, ChinosoAmadi, Chimeremueze Benson, a.k.a Atuma, Ugochukwu Uzoma, Ifeanyi Sylvanus Pigeon, David Nweke a.k.a Rugged Ikechukwu Erondu, Abraham Nna, Chijioke Azuka, Ugochukwu Obi a.k.a Muchocho, Iwejo Chibuna, Ohasonu Sunday, Nwachukwu Stanley and Godswill Ihemere. a.k.a Ojaba, including their gang leaders were all rounded up.
The suspects, while they were interrogated, confessed to several kidnappings including that of a Reverend Father, who they kidnapped and had to pay the sum of N400,000 before he was released.
One of the gang leaders, Maduabuchi Amamba, also known as commander, 30-year-old and a native of Ossioma Local Government Area of Abia State said: “I not married, but I have a fiancée who has a child for me. I am a kidnapper and I started early last year and it was my friend known as SS, Muchocho, Ojaba and Steven. I met these boys at Umugbede area of Osisioma area of Aba where we were smoking Indian helm and cocaine. I started taking cocaine when I met my friends. Before I met these my friends I was a vigilante man working at Nkpor area of Anambra State. I did that for about one year. It was my friend known as Chimeka that introduced me into this business. My father was sick and there was no money to treat him. Then my friend known as Chimeka well known as Niggar took me to the joint where I met my other friends. In Januray 2019, we went for a robbery at Amafife area of Osisioma, where we robbed a woman coming back from her shop and we snatched her bag. Niggar said he has been monitoring the woman for a long time. We were four that went for the robbery and we found N35000. We went with two pump actions guns which I was using as a vigilantee in Nkpor. I took N75000 as my share. Then we kidnapped the daughter of Chisom Ugbenna, 32 year-doctor and intellectual giant. The woman resides at Immaculate area of Aba and someone residing the area known as Chucks brought information about the woman and we kidnapped the woman when she was trying to drive into her compound in a Toyota highlander. We were five in number that went for the operation and we took the woman to Ojaba’s house, Amokpoife in Osisoma area. The person that brought the job for us said that the woman will afford not less than N20m, then I called her husband and demanded N20m. The husband said that he will pay N500000 but he ended up paying N2million before she was released.
“It was Ifeanyi who was watching over the woman that slept with her. I was not aware that Ifeanyi raped the woman because he was the one looking after the woman at the camp. But after the ransom was paid, I got information about what he did and I asked him and he confessed that he slept with the woman four times. Then we deducted N40000 from his share as a punishment and I gave him just N120000. We then sold the woman vehicle to one Sunny who reside in Imo State for N400000.
I got the sum of N280,000 from the whole operation. We then kidnapped a lawyer in January 2020 at Obingwa road in Aba and we took him to Ekaru area of Osisioma. We stopped the man along the way while he was moving and we blocked him with our own vehicle. He spent three days with us in our camp and I slept with him for just one night and I left the camp and went home because I got the news that my father was dead. I later learnt it was Godswill that was beating the victim. I negotiated for the ransom and I demanded the sum of N1.5m because I needed money urgently for my father’s burial. The man paid us the sum of N200000 and I got N34000 as my share. My friends took the lawyer’s car and sold it. I also attempted to kidnap a man driving a Toyota Avalon at Obingwa area of Aba and the man sighted us and ran away. We left with his car and I sold it to Mr Sunny for N200000. We then kidnapped a man at Opkulumuobo and he was driving a Lexus 330. We traced the man to his house at 9pm and we followed him to his gate and we kidnapped him and took away his vehicle. We also sold the man’s vehicle for N300000 but the man ran away from our camp. It was people we were working with that allowed the man to escape. Before then, he seized my rifles and ran away then I got another friend known as Onye army and he gave me a rifle I was using. I called to ask about my rifle and he asked me to come back.
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