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The end of the road for suspected kidnappers in Anambra

Posted: Apr 22, 2015 at 5:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Christian Emeka  –  Special Correspondent, Awka 


The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police in Anambra State led by Chief Superintendent of Police James Nwafor has arrested remnants of suspected armed robbers and kidnappers terrorising innocent citizens in the state.

The action of the Nwafor-led SARS was in line with the vow by the state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to send all kidnappers packing from the state.

And the Governor wasted no time in moving bulldozers to demolish the suspected kidnappers’ houses and assets to deprive them of the benefit enjoying their loot.

The state government, therefore, at the weekend demolished two buildings in the state suspected to be used for kidnap activities.

The demolitions broght to about 50, the total number of buildings that have been demolished by the state government. The buildings were believed to have either being used for armed robbery and kidnap activities or to have been built with proceeds from such negative ventures.

The demolition exercise led by Assistant Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operations, Mr Joseph Agugoesi, demolished a six-room bungalow at Umuikwele village, Eziowelle in the Idemili North. The house belongs to late Mr. Damian Okadigbo whose only son, Obinna Okadigbo, allegedly used it to keep two kidnap victims at different times.

The victims were a businessman, Mr. Vincent Nwachukwu, who was kidnapped in August 2013 and released after a N3 million ransom was paid as well as one Mrs. Maureen Onukwelu who was kidnapped in December same year and released after the payment of N500, 000.

The other building demolished was a four-bedroom semi-detached bungalow at Umungbom village, Azigbo in the Nnewi South Local Council area. It was alleged to have been used in October 2014 by three suspects – Emeka Chukwuka, Chukwuka Mkpuechina and Onyekachi Onuegbu – to keep one Mrs. Justina Ezenwafor who was kidnapped at Ekwulobia and freed after a N4 million ransom was paid.

The leader of the demolition team, Mr Agugoesi, told newsmen that the exercise was to further send the message of the commitment of the state government and security agencies in the state to ensure a crime-free Anambra State.

According to him, the Eziowelle kidnap suspect has not been seen after a gun duel with the police and may have died due to the resulting bullet injuries while the Azigbo suspects are in police custody helping them in their investigations.

He warned criminals and beneficiaries of proceeds from such activities who think government may renege on its avowed resolve to rid the state of kidnappers and armed robbers to refrain from their evil ways or leave the state, as the onslaught will be sustained.      Mother of the Eziowelle suspect, Mrs Florence Okadigbo, who wept profusely as she scampered for her belongings, noted that she was away at her daughter’s house in Port Harcourt when her son was said to have committed the crime, adding that she has not set her eyes on her only son since she returned.

A native of Eziowelle, Mr Francis Okosa, narrated how the suspect had been living a flamboyant and luxurious lifestyle despite having no known means of livelihood.

He commended the state government for its efforts at making the state safe for its inhabitants.

Speaking after being briefed by the team on demolition, the Governor reiterated his resolve to send kidnappers and armed robbers packing from the state, announcing that the state has received millions of dollars in  investment because of security in the state and warned that the security and peace now enjoyed cannot be traded with anything.

He said the level of security in the state made it possible for night life to be restored to the state against what was obtainable in the past and thanked security agencies for living up to expectations.