By Ejike Ejike, Abuja
The operatives of IGP Intelligence Response Team IRT deployed By IGP Ibrahim Idris has arrested five kidnap suspects, terrorising Aba, in Abia state.
The suspects are Samuel Chikaodi James AKA Chiboy, 29, the second in command, he is also the driver of the operational vehicle used in kidnaps, the negotiator of ransoms and does the pick ups; Justice Iriah AKA Mopol, 23 of Edo state; Ikechukwu Igwebuike AKA Anambra, 22.
Others are Chikachi Ubani, 30, he was in charge of the stronghold/Detention Camp where hostages were kept and Chineye Mark, 45, a panel beater, hides their operation vehicle in his workshop.
Exhibits recovered include AK47 Rifle, Magazine/Ammunitions, the operational vehicle – one Lexus 300 jeep, and a Toyota Sienna Bus.
In a statement signed by the Force PRO, CSP Jimoh Moshood, the arrest was made after the kidnap of one Chief Felix Ogbonna, 80 years on November, 11, 2017 and his subsequent release after ransom was allegedly paid; the operatives swung into action and eventually arrested the five gang members of the kidnap syndicate.
He noted that the kidnappers confessed to have started their Kidnapping operations in November 2017 and have been involved in three kidnappings in Aba, Abia state collecting ransoms of N250, 000, N1 million and N5.5million naira equivalent in dollars respectively.
The suspects confessed to random kidnapping based on the nature of the vehicle being driven by their targets.