Conventional ruler, dad & two sons arrested for kidnapping

Eze Andrew Okuegbunuwa, a standard ruler in Awara, Ohaji/Egbema Native Govt House of Imo, used to be on Monday paraded by means of the police for alleged involvement in kidnapping.

The 59 year-old ruler of Obor Group used to be paraded in conjunction with 30 different suspects who allegedly dedicated more than a few crimes, starting from theft, kidnaping and rape, amongst others.

The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Issac Akinmoyede, stated a gang had abducted one Louis Obodo, at Mgbala Agwa and Insp. Oscar Mbaeri, in Agwa in Oguta Native Govt not too long ago.

He stated that the crowd abducted Chigozirim Nnaji, Desmond Okonkwo and Anyanwu Amarachi on July 19 and then the police gave them a sizzling chase.

Akinmoyede stated that the crowd had deserted their unregistered Lexus 330 Jeep all over an change of gun fireplace with operatives of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad and Anti-kidnapping devices of the command.

The standard ruler showed the crowd used his Lexus 330 with registration quantity URM 404 EL all over the abduction.

He additionally stated the crowd paid him N3million to interchange the automobile, after the police impounded it.

“My Nephew took my automobile to do kidnapping, I’m really not one among them. Despite the fact that they have got used my automobile about 4 instances and so they gave me cash,” he stated.

Akinyomede gave the main points of the operation of the crowd and the way the crowd participants have been picked one, after the opposite:

On 19/7/2020, a gang of kidnappers got here into Owerri City, at other places, abducted one Louis N. Obodo ‘m’ elderly 45yrs of Mgbala Agwa in Oguta LGA, Inspr. Oscar Mbaeri ‘m’ elderly 40yrs of Agwa in Oguta LGA, Chigozirim Festus Nnaji ‘m’ elderly 39yrs of Egwelu Atta in Njaba LGA, Desmond Okonkwo ‘m’ elderly 38yrs of Nnempi in Oru West LGA and Anyanwu Amarachi ‘f’ 30yrs previous of No. 76 Lobo Side road, Owerri, all of Imo State.

Whilst escaping with their sufferers, operatives of the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) and Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS), gave them a sizzling chase, forcing them to desert 3 (3) in their sufferers and their operational automobile a Lexus RX330 SUV with Reg. No. (EDO) URM-40 EL. Thru the assistance of their motorbike pilots and backups who all the time paved the way sooner than and after operations, the hoodlums controlled to flee with two of the sufferers.

Then again, a couple of moments later SARS operatives arrived the scene, noticed the deserted automobile and recovered it to the station.

In accordance with the above, Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) and SARS carried out joint investigation with the intention to rescue the sufferers and perhaps arrest the hoodlums.

On 28/7/2020, at about 0400hrs at Umuokuzu Awara in Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State, operatives of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) thru painstaking and diligent investigation arrested one Eze Andrew Okuegbunuwa ‘m’ elderly 59yrs previous of Obor Group in Awara, Oguta LGA, Imo State, in reference to the kidnap and different armed theft incidents. Investigation additional printed that the arrested suspect supplied the operational automobile, Lexus RX330 SUV with Reg. No. URM 404 EL for the abductors.

Having misplaced the automobile within the operation, Andrew Okuegbunuwa used to be given the sum of N3,000,000.00 (3 Million Naira) to interchange his automobile by means of the abductors. It used to be additional came upon that the automobile used to be no longer registered as there is not any report of the stated automobile within the Federal Street Protection Fee (FRSC) database.

His arrest additionally resulted in the arrest one Benard Uzoma ‘m’ a local Physician at Umunoha, in Mbaitoli LGA, whose task is to give you the gang with coverage from demise and arrest. He used to be paid the sum of 2 hundred thousand (N200,000) as his personal percentage from the loot.

On 29/7/2020, operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit in continuation of the investigation arrested one CALEB AGU ‘m’ a 42years previous pastor from Umuoni Agwa in Oguta LGA, Imo State. He confessed being the pinnacle and religious chief of the crowd.

Additionally one EBENEZER OBIOHA ‘m’ 38yrs previous, used to be arrested with bullet wounds in his place of birth OGAMMA AWARA IN OHAJI EGBEMA LGA ,the place the operatives, got here underneath heavy assault. Within the technique of his arrest, 4 (4) AK 47 rifles, one Mild Attack Rifle (LAR) belonging to NDLEA, one Sub- Gadget Gun (SMG) belonging to NDLEA as smartly have been recovered. The arrested suspects confessed to being the crowd that shot on the 3 NDLEA officials and carted away their rifles (LAR and SMG) on 15/05/2020 at 1945hrs, after they have been ambushed at Ohi Junction whilst getting back from an project.

A complete sum of 4 Million Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N4,200,000) used to be recovered from the suspects out of the mixed ransom of Seven Million, 5 Hundred Thousand Naira (N7,500,000) paid for the discharge of the 2 sufferers.

The crowd which operates as soon as in a month consistent with our intelligence needed to step up the pace to two times a month in compliance with the directive from CALEB (their pastor), who instructed them that he wanted cash to conclude his ongoing initiatives.

It’s noteworthy due to this fact, that each Caleb and Ebenezer commenced the development in their mansions at Awara and Agwa respectively in January 2020, and each constructions are at of completion levels.

Investigation used to be prolonged to the operational base of those criminals at Omoku creek in Rivers state. Additionally arrested are:-




They have got confessed to their respective roles within the gang and the operation as follows:-

CALEB AGU (A Pastor) Head and religious Chief and Director of the crowd.

IKECHUKWU NJOKU is the Protocol officer and boy to Caleb who makes use of motorbike to move sufferers thru observe roads to the purpose of pick out as much as the creek.

EBENEZER OBIOHA is the operational commander and an executor to the crowd. He confessed to being the one who shot the NDLEA officials.

FABIAN OBIOHA is the daddy of Ebenezer and the crowd’s armourer.

KENNEDY OKWUONU is Ebenezer’s brother-in-law who supplies the gang with laborious medicine in addition to different logistics on the creek.

EZE ANDREW OKEGBUNUWA: – Give you the gang with automobile for his or her operations.

OGECHI OBIOHA: – Distribute ransom to the participants of the crowd at their more than a few places once fee is made by means of sufferers.

BENARD UZOMA: – A local physician, supplied the crowd with coverage from operational hazards and arrests.

Suspects might be charged to court docket once investigation is done.

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