Nigerian police operatives from Abuja comprising the Abba Kyari led Intelligence Response Team, IRT, and the Technical Intelligence Unit, TIU, has nabbed a new kidnapping syndicate responsible for several abductions in Abia state.
According to statement by the Nigeria Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, five notorious members of the gang were arrested by the operatives in Aba, Abia State and several AK 47 rifle ammunitions and operational vehicles were recovered.
In some of the abductions carried out by the kidnap gang, victims and their families in the south east were made to pay sums ranging from N250, 000, N1million and N5.5million in US dollars equivalent.
The statement read in part: “Sequel to the kidnap of one Chief Felix Ogbonna, 80yrs old, on Sunday 26th November 2017 and his Subsequent release after Ransom was paid, with technical support from TIU, Operatives of IGP Intelligence Response Team deployed by IGP Ibrahim Idris swung into action and eventually arrested 5 gang members of the new kidnap syndicate.
“The kidnappers confessed to have started their Kidnapping operations this November 2017 and have been involved in three kidnappings in Aba, Abia state collecting ransoms of 250k, 1 million and 5.5million naira equivalent in dollars respectively.
“The suspects confessed to random kidnapping based on the nature of the vehicle being driven by their targets,” the statement pointed out, adding further the suspect’s names and confessed roles played as follows:
“Samuel Chikaodi James AKA Chiboy, 29, is the second in command. He is also the driver of the operational vehicle used in the kidnappings, the negotiator of ransoms and does the pick-ups. So far, he has received 3 million.
“Justice Iriah AKA Mopol, 23, is from Edo state. While armed, he snatches and secures the hostages in the vehicle up to the kidnap den. He has so far received the sum of 300,000.
“Ikechukwu Igwebuike AKA Anambra, 22, while armed, he snatches and secures the hostages in the vehicle up to the kidnap den. So far, he has received 300, 000.
“Chikachi Ubani aged 30, is in charge of the stronghold and detention Camp where hostages were kept.
“Chineye Mark aged 45, is a panel beater. He hides their operation vehicle in his workshop. So far, he has received 150,000,” the statement concluded.
The Police listed exhibits recovered from the gang to include AK47 Rifle, magazine/ammunitions, the operational vehicle – one Lexus 300 jeep, and a Toyota Sienna Bus.
The statement added that effort is ongoing to arrest the 2 gang members at large and recover more arms.