The police in Imo State have arrested a 30-year-old indigene of Uga in Aguata LGA of Anambra State, Eze Kelvin over alleged kidnap and armed robbery.
Also arrested for same alleged crime were a 28-year-old ex-convict, Raphael Nnamdi, from Ozu Okizu, Oyi LGA of Anambra State and 38-year-old Johnson Ahanonu from Obilubi Mbieri in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State.
Confirming the arrest in a statement dated June 27, the Special Adviser, Media to the state Commissioner of Police, Mike Abatam said the trio were responsible for series of kidnap and armed robberies in Imo State and its environs.
Abatam said the suspects confessed to have been behind the recent kidnap of one Ozuzu Ekelezie, Osuji Glad Joan and Onwuauaka Ugonna, who are all resident in Owerri.
He disclosed that the police also recovered Ash colour Highlander SUV marked RLU 192 TY, two (2) Pump Action Guns with twenty (20) rounds of live cartridges from the suspects.
According to him, the police have equally launched a manhunt for one Monday (surname unknown) who was the keeper of the armoury of the suspects.
Abatam said; “On 26/6/2021 at about 1700 hours a case of kidnapping was reported and transferred to the Anti kidnapping Unit of the command with a suspected kidnapper, one Eze kelvin “M” aged 30 years residing at Orji in Owerri North LGA of Imo State but a native of Uga in Aguata LGA of Anambra State with a recovered Ash colour Highlander SUV vehicle with Reg. No. RLU 192 TY.
“On receipt, the team immediately interrogated the suspect who confessed to belong to a kidnapping syndicate that has been terrorizing Imo State and its environs.
“He also admitted to be an escapee of the recent jail break that occurred on 5/4/2021, in Imo Correctional Center Owerri, Imo State.
“He later led the Tactical teams of the command after a diligent and robust technical intelligence gathering, to their hideout in Enugu State where three members of his gang namely, Raphael Nnamdi “M” an ex- convict, aged 28 years of Ozu Okizu in Oyi LGA of Anambra, Johnson Ahanonu “M” an escapee of Imo correctional home, aged 36 years of Obilubi Mbieri Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State, were all arrested in D and D BOSPORUS HOTEL AND SUITES Enugu .
“On interrogation, the three suspects confessed to have been kidnappers and are responsible for most of the kidnapping cases in the state including, the recent kidnapping of one Ozuzu Ekelezie “M”, Osuji Gladjoan “F ” and Onwuauaka Ugonna ” F” all resident in Owerri, lmo State .
“When the three suspects were further interrogated, they admitted having fire arms and led the Tactical teams to their Armoury in the house of one Monday surname unknown, who is presently, on the run, at Izombe in Oguta LGA Imo State where two (2) Pump Action Guns with twenty (20) rounds of live cartridges were recovered. The tactical teams are on the trail of the fleeing members of gang.”