The Imo State Police has apprehended a group of hoodlums notorious for their kidnapping activities in the State.
Speaking to newsmen, the Public Relations Officer of the State Command, Michael Abattam narrated the operation that led to their capture, adding that one of their victims was rescued in the process.
All six of the suspects, comprising four men and two women, were paraded at the police headquarters in Owerri, the state capital.
According to Abattam, “The Imo State Police Command has smashed a notorious kidnapping syndicate that has been terrorising the state lately. On July 3, 2021, at about 0430 hours, one Cornelia Oluebube of Amakohia in Owerri North local government area 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. They include Terry’s Mez, male, age 31 years of Aguleri in Anambra State; Willie Ebefal, male, age 21 years, of Ogbokuno in Burutu local government area of Delta State: Obasanjo Kimakia, male, age 20 years, of Tamime in Burutu local government area 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 July 19, 2021, at about 11:30 hours, for the rescue of the kidnapped victim.”
“After the diligent gathering of intelligence and planning, the team stormed the kidnappers den in Tebegbe Waterside in Delta State and arrested Augustine Irishaye, male, age 21 years, Jenifer Awolowo, female, age 16 years, and Eyemgblausi Chugbwugburefa, age 17 years, all of Tebegbe in Burutu local government area of Delta State.”
“The victim, Cornelia Oluebube, who was kidnapped in Owerri, was rescued unhurt. While the tactical teams were escorting the suspects out of their hideout, one Terry Mez, 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, CP.”