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Imo police re- arrest two suspected jail breakers, kidnappers

By Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri
09 May 2022   |   2:47 am
Men of Imo State Police Command have re-arrested two suspected jailbreakers and seven kidnappers as well as rescued a kidnap victim in the state.

Recover arms, ammunition, SUV; rescue abductees

Imo suspects


Men of Imo State Police Command have re-arrested two suspected jailbreakers and seven kidnappers as well as rescued a kidnap victim in the state.
 
The Command’s spokesperson, Michael Abattam, who confirmed this development in a statement yesterday, said the suspects were trailed to their hideout in Ahiazu-Mbaise Local Council of the state.
   
He stressed that the two suspects, Dominic Chukwuma and Silas Nnawubia, confessed to having escaped from the Owerri Correctional Centre, during the jailbreak perpetrated by unknown gunmen on April 5, 2021.
  
Abattam also disclosed that seven others, including a female member of their gang was also arrested, while arms, ammunition and a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), were recovered from them.
   
According to him, Items, recovered from the suspects include, one AK47 rifle, breech number 1142 with 84 rounds of live ammunition, four local-made pistols, 46 rounds of live cartridges, one Toyota 4Runner SUV vehicle belonging to the victim, multiple banks ATM cards stolen from their victims and the personal belongings of the victim.  
    
The PPRO said the victims have since been reunited with their family members, while a manhunt is on to arrest the remaining members of the syndicate at large.
     
The statement read: “Following a report received by the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit on April 30 of the kidnapping of one Dominic Chukwuma and Silas Nnawubia respectively, the operatives immediately swung into action.
  
“After gathering both credible and technical intelligence, where the radar revealed the location of the criminal’s hideout in Ahiazu Mbaise, operatives on May 5, at about 2350 hours, stormed the kidnapper’s den and arrested one Obinna Onuoha, 35, a native of Umuegwu Mpam and Igbokwe Joseph, 35, a native of Umuchoko Ihitte Aforukwu, both of Ahiazu Mbaise LGA of Imo State and the victim held in captive was rescued unhurt.
 

“In the course of interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime of kidnapping and revealed how they escaped from Imo Correctional Centre Jailbreak of April 5 and after their escape, they got a safe hideout in Ahiazu Mbaise, formed a kidnapping syndicate with their hideouts in strategic areas in the state and have been the ones involved in most of the deadly kidnapping incidents recorded in the state.
   
“The suspects later took the police operatives to their various hideouts in the state, where most of their gang members were arrested.
    
“Those arrested include, Tochi Chilak, 27, a native of Ezeala Ihitte in Aboh Mbaise L.G.A of Imo State;  Sunday Richard, 32, a native of Ikom in Cross River State; Comfort Ogbo, 35, a native of Gwer West in Naka L.G.A of Benue State; Igbo Simeon, 33, a native of Gwer West in Naka L.G.A of Benue State; Cyril Iwuagwu, 65, a native of Umegwu Mpam in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA of Imo State; Nkechinyere Ibe, 35, a native of Umuoyoka Ihitte Aforukwu in  Ahiazu Mbaise L.G.A of Imo State;  Ebo Ubochi,26, a native of Umuaraku in Ehime Mbano L.G.A of Imo State.”
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Commending both the officers for their gallantry and members of the public for useful information,  the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ahmed Barde, enjoined them not to allow criminals and their cohorts to use their communities as safe haven to perpetrate heinous crimes.
    
He appealed to them to report any suspicious person or persons seen within their neighbourhoods to the nearest police station. 
    
The CP also tasked  Hunters Association to always assist the police and other security agencies with credible and timely information on their findings in the bushes, stressing that, most criminals have their hideouts located in bushes.