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Duo Arrested For Kidnap, Victim’s Car Recovered

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The Anambra State Police Command has attained a noteworthy breakthrough as a notorious kidnap gang that had been active in the Anam axis of Anambra West Local Government Area, was dismantled, leading to the arrest of two of its members.

According to reports, the suspects allegedly abducted a victim in Aguleri, Anambra East LGA on June 26, and subsequently demanded and received N4.5 million as ransom from the victim’s family for his release. However, even after the payment, the victim’s car was not returned to the family.

The suspects were apprehended by the police operatives when one of them travelled to Agulu in Anaocha LGA of the state to seek potential buyers for the victim’s vehicle.

The disclosure regarding the development was made by the state police spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, in an official statement on Saturday.

Ikenga said, ‘On July 18, 2023, police detectives were alerted to one Chukwuebuka Esulo from Ebonyi State who was seeking a buyer in Agulu, Anaocha LGA, for a black Mercedes Benz GLK SUV registration number BLF 746 EA.’

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‘The owner of the vehicle had earlier been reported kidnapped in Aguleri on June 26, 2023, and the sum of N4.5m was extorted as ransom from the family before he was released.’

‘Detectives swooped on the suspect and arrested him for questioning. He confessed to being a member of the kidnap gang and disclosed that he was sent from their camp to sell the car.’

‘On the orders of the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Aderemi Adeoye, the case was transferred to the Anti-kidnapping Unit, Awkuzu who then went after other members of the gang.’

‘This led to the arrest of one other member of the gang called Ejeka Ufuo, ‘m’ 23 years, who was led to believe that the vehicle had been sold and he came out with the intent of collecting the proceeds.’

‘Efforts are ongoing to round up other members of the gang and recover their weapons.’

In addition, he pointed out that the commissioner of police recognised and praised the commitment of all personnel who played a role in the arrest and encouraged them to continue their endeavours in eliminating kidnapping in Anambra State.

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