Ogbonna Casmir, Enugu
In its resolve to make Enugu a safe haven the State Police Command has smashed two separate kidnap syndicates operating within Enugu metropolis and it’s environs in the past two months.
Recovered from the suspects include; a Honda CRV, Audi car, guns, handsets, fake army ID card.
Parading the kidnappers in Enugu on Tuesday, the Enugu Commissioner of Police, Mr Ekechukwu Nwodibo, said that the fate was possible due to a careful operation after a tip-off from public spirited individuals in the state.
Nwodibo noted that the first syndicate led by Etim Amos of Abiakpo Ibo Road, Ikot Ekpene was behind the kidnapping of Mr John Abugu at GRA, Enugu; Mrs. Jane Ekweremadu and Mr Brooks Okwara at Agric Bank Junction, Independence Layout Enugu as well as Mrs Sandra Onu at New Haven, Enugu.
“The Enugu Police Command in a carefully planned operation ambushed the gang at a point along Itu-Calabar Road, Uyo, during which the members tried to escape.
“The gang leader, Etim Amos, who had been posing as a soldier and had an army cap on the dashboard of any car he used to deceive people, was gunned down along another gang member, one Otunre Nse,’’ he said.
The police boss said that the second syndicate was led by Nonso Onyebuchi of Obeagu Awgu and Chukwudi Azemene of Umuoduma Aba, Abia State; while they also have a relation of their victim of Obinagu Udi community, Collins Chime, as member..
“They had kidnapped one Elder Edwin Chime, a UK returnee of Obinagu Udi on April 2 at his house and whisked him off in a Volkswagen Audi car with Reg. no. DWK 929 PP, which they had earlier robbed from the owner at Umunede, Delta State,’’ he said.
The commissioner, however, assured criminals that the jurisdiction of Enugu State Command would “continue to be the grave yard for all criminals’’.
According to him, the command will continue to prevent crime and if any criminal manages to succeed, we will be swift, decisive and zealous in hunting them down.
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