Operatives of the intelligence response Team (IRT) attached to the Nigeria police have arrested thirty-five suspects across the country for their active involvements in a series of kidnapping, robbery, and other heinous crimes.
It was learnt their arrest was sequel to intelligence gathering across the country.
Urban express news online equally gathered one pastor identified as Adetokunbo Adenopo, a 52-year-old founder and General overseer of New life Ministry was part of the criminal gangs whose church is located at Sagamu, a location in Ogun state in connivance with three other criminal gangs whose identity include chigozie Williams, a 22-year-old native of umuahia and ugoji linus, (30) , a native of Aniri in Enugu,
In a statement obtained from a verified Facebook page of Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and the Commander of intelligence Response Team (IRT), said all suspects responsible in the kidnap of one Joseph Ekpo, (35), from Benue state.
He wrote; the said pastor confessed to the operatives team that he actually embarked on the crime for the expansion of his church and charity works.
The victim, an employee of a logistic company was kidnapped on the 17th July 2020 while on official duty to deliver goods in Sagamu in Ogun state.
He said the victim was kept in an underground cabin inside the pastor’s church building at ogijo town by his abductors who demanded the payment of twenty million naira ransom as a condition for his release as he was subsequently rescued unhurt, nine days after and is able to reunite with his family.
The operatives also arrested one udodiri bright Aka Ability, a thirty-year-old native of osuachara Villiage isiala mbano local government area of imo state with other three members of its gangs.
“Those arrested include one Shadrack Ewuru Aka Escobar (26) and chimera Igwe Aka for real, a thirty-year-old native of umuchere village in orlu and one Sunday chibuike (28)”.
Kyari said they were all arrested on the 5th of July 2020 for the abduction and killing of a Nigerian United States soldier, Chuks okebata who came into Nigeria for holidays in his home town okigwe in 2017.
The statement put further that the suspects are one of the foremost groups terrorising the southeastern part of the country and were arrested after thirty-one month of intensive search through police manhunt
“Exhibits recovered include four (4) AK47 rifles 1 FMC rifle, 1pump action gun, 2 double barrel guns 1 berretta pistol 4 Ak47 magazines 6 cartridges 378 round of live ammunition, 1 Network jammer Anti tracker device”.
“While noting that the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigation, the Inspector General of Police IGP Adamu Mohammed has assured that the battle against criminal elements in the country remains a continuous one”.