Anti kidnapping unit and the special Anti-robbery squad (SARS) of the imo state police command have arrested the traditional ruler of Obor community specifically in Awara, Oguta local Government Area of imo state, Eze Andrew Okuegbunuwa and one pastor Caleb Agu, over an allegation of kidnapping,
Parading the suspects, the imo state commissioner of police, CP Isaac Akinmoyede said a traditional ruler, pastor and eight others suspected members of his gang have alleged that they were responsible for the killing of two personnel of the National Drug Law enforcement Agency in the state a few months ago
CP Akinmoyede was quoted as saying that “while the traditional ruler allegedly provided the gangs’ operational vehicle, the cleric was indeed a leader of the syndicates.
Akinmoyede said the cops recovered N4.2m as part of the ransom the suspects collected from one of their victims.
The CP disclosed that four AK-47 rifles, one rifle belonging to the slain NDLEA officers, 120 rounds of live ammunition, and one Lexus SUV and other exhibits were recovered from the suspects.
Other suspects include one Uzoma Bernard,65; Fabian Obioha,60; Ogechi Obioha,30; Kennedy Okwuonu,40; Ebenezer Obioha,38; and Ikechukwu Njoku,32.
He said the gang gave the monarch N3m from the over N7m they got as ransom in one of their operations.
“On July 28, at Umuokuzu Awara in Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State, SARS operatives through painstaking and diligent investigation arrested one Eze Andrew Okuegbunuwa, 59, of Obor community in Awara, Oguta LGA, Imo State, in connection with kidnapping allegation with other armed robbery incidents.
“Having lost the vehicle in an operation, the monarch was given the sum of N3m to replace his vehicle by the kidnappers. It was further disclosed that the vehicle was not registered, as there is no record of it in the Federal Road Safety Corps database.”
The traditional ruler told our correspondent of his knowledge of the gangs’ usage of his vehicle, while he admitted receiving N3m from them, and get paid each time the gangs go to operation