ABIA State police has arrested eleven persons suspected to be involved in kidnapping, armed robbery and dealing in hard drugs. Three of the suspects were arrested for kidnapping, two for armed robbery, while six were arrested for hard drug.
The suspected kidnappers arrested over the weekend included Bright Nwokengbe, Gomba Kaji and John Onyemuwa, who were alleged to have abducted a Yoruba man in the city. While Nwokengbe was arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, his alleged accomplices were nabbed in Aba.Onuoha Okpani and Jeremiah Kalu who claimed to be commercial drivers were arrested at Umukalika axis of Aba for alleged armed robbery.
Parading the suspects at the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) office in Aba, the state Commissioner of Police, Joshak Habila, said most of the kidnappers in the state particularly, in Aba come from border communities. “Most of the kidnappers are now coming from communities that share border with Abia and other states. We have been cooperating with the police in those states and one of the results is what you have seen today (Saturday)” he said.
Habila said his command had a new road map it has employed to reduce crime, especially, kidnapping in the state and expressed joy that the woman who had been providing the kidnappers’ food and other needs had been arrested and their hideout taken over by government. CP Habila advised criminals in the area to renounce their trade and return to real life to add values to the society, stressing that police in the state would not take it kindly with any person arrested for criminal offence.He advised the public to always volunteer information to the police, promising that such information would be treated with utmost confidentiality.
Nwokengbe denied involvement in kidnapping, claiming that he was arrested in his elder brother’s stead while others admitted to the crime.While Kaji and Onyemuwa confessed to the crime of kidnapping, saying they received N120, 000 each for passing information which led to the abduction of the Yoruba man, to their gang members; Okpani and Kalu said they were lured into armed robbery by their friend who they described as Maduekwe (now at large) and were given N6, 000 each after the operation thyat preceded their arrest.
The six drug addicts who were arrested in their hideout within the Imo Gate axis all confessed to the crime and blamed the devil for their actions.