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Police Parade Suspected Kidnap Kingpin, Others In Ebonyi

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The Ebonyi State Police Command has arrested five suspected kidnappers that abducted one Barr Igwe Chigozie at gunpoint in front of his residence at Goddy Ogbaga avenue in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

Briefing journalists 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 swung into action and the victim was rescued at Ukwuachi along Abakaliki/Enugu express road.

He stated that the kidnappers made away with the victim’s Samsung Galaxy Prime Core handset, his Toyota Corolla car and a cash sum of N2, 500 adding that on May 19th, 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 kidnappers’ 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 include, one locally made revolver pistol with two live AK 47 ammunition, one expended ammunition used during the operation and a total number of seven cars.

The cars recovered include, Toyota Corolla with Reg number, NCA 990 AA, Mercedes Benz S320 with Reg number, AQ 01 AAA, Toyota Avalon XLE with Reg number ENU 302 EQ, Toyota Corolla with Reg number MA 08 APP.

Others are Innoson Jeep with Reg number NKE 719 EV, Ford Escape with Reg number FGE 415 TN and Honda Odyssey with Reg number ENU 905 RA.

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