Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have nabbed 20-year-old Obasanjo Kimakia, a native of Tamime in Burutu LGA of Delta State for allegedly kidnapping one Cornelia Oluebube of Amakohia, Owerri North LGA of Imo State.
The police also arrested Terry’s Mez, 31, an indigene of Aguleri, Anambra State; and Willine Ebefai, 21 of Burutu LGA of Delta State.
Equally arrested in connection with the kidnap of Oluebube were 21-year-old Augustine Irishaye, 16-year-old Jennifer Awolowo and 17-year-old Eyemgblausi Chugbwugburefa of Tibegbe in Burutu LGA of Delta State.
The spokesman of the police in Imo State, Michael Abatam disclosed this in a statement dated July 20.
Abatam said the suspects were nabbed in their den in Tebegbe Water Side in Delta State.
The spokesman further disclosed that one of the suspects, Terry’s Mez sustained gunshot injury as the police shot him on the leg to stop him from escaping.
According to Abatam, the victim who was rescued unhurt had been reunited with her family while injured suspect was treated at a police hospital in Owerri.
Abatam said; “The Imo State Police Command has smashed a notorious kidnapping syndicate that has been terrorising the state lately .
“On 3/7/2021 at about 0430 hours, one Cornelia Oluebube” F” of Amakohia in Owerri North LGA of Imo State, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen and taken to an unknown destination.
“The Imo State command’s tactical teams, on receipt of the report swung into action. After gathering technical intelligence which led them to Delta State where the following suspects were arrested viz; Terry’s Mez “M” age 31 years of Aguleri in Anambra State, Willine Ebefal “M”age 21 years of Ogbokuno in Burutu LGA of Delta State, Obasanjo Kimakia ” M” age 20 years of Tamime in Burutu LGA of Delta State.
“On interrogation the three suspects volunteered useful information that took the ever active Imo Command’s Tactical teams to Delta State on 19/7/2021 at about 1130 hours, for the rescue of the kidnapped victim.
“After diligent gathering of intelligence and planning, stormed the hideout of the kidnappers den in Tebegbe Water Side in Delta State, and arrested Augustine Irishaye “M” age 21 years , Jenifer Awolowo ” F” age 16 years, and Eyemgblausi Chugbwugburefa age 17 years all of Tibegbe in Burutu LGA of Delta State .
“The victim, Cornelia Oluebube ” F” who was kidnapped in Owerri was rescued unhurt. While the Tactical teams were escorting the suspects out of their hideout, one Terry Mez “M” took to his heels and was shot on the leg to prevent him from escaping from lawful custody.
“On arrival back to the command, the escaping suspect was taken to the Nigeria Police Hospital Amakohia, Owerri Imo State while the victim was formally reunited with her parents by the Commissioner of Police”.