Police Storm Kidnappers Den, Arrest Killers of Production Manager of N/Delta Petroleum Resources com | Amaka Okonya
A crack team of detectives attached to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Intelligence Response team (IRT) on Monday storm some den of kidnappers in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and arrested seven notorious armed robbers.
It was gathered that a yet to be ascertained members of the gang sustained bullet wounds during a bloody shootout with the police team.
It was gathered that members of the gang were allegedly responsible for the abduction and murder of one Ubani Onyema, 64, who is the Production Manager of the Niger Delta Petroleum Resources in Port Harcourt.
Those arrested are: 34 year old Nduka Alaribe aka Abiola who happens to be the gang leader,
Godstime Eme, 35, the gang second in command, Nkere Uwam, 38, Wisdom Uchechi Chidi, 35, Ayakazi Woyin-Kuro, 32, Okpako Emperor, 37, and Adimibe Kanayo ,30.
The policemen recovered one AK47 rifle and two of the gang's operational vehicles used in the kidnap.
It was gathered that the victim was abducted on October 16, 2017 in a village known as Woji in Port Harcourt.
It was also gathered that after the victim had been kidnapped, the suspect demanded for a ransom of N100 million from the company before they would allow him go.
An impeccable police source who took part in the operation told our correspondent that the ransom was later reduced to N10 million.
The source said that the amount demanded for was allegedly paid to the suspect, through one of the gang's agent.
On hearing about the unfortunate incident, the IGP,Ibrahim Idris directed the leader of the IRT team, Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police to investigate and bring all behind the kidnap to book.
Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh, who confirmed the arrest said that based on the IGP directives the team moves to Port Harcourt, stressing that through unrelenting follow up by the detectives led by Kyari eventually led to the arrest of seven Of the Kidnappers.
He said: "The Suspects confessed to various roles each played in the kidnap, and admitted that the hostage, Ubani Onyema, died on the very day of his kidnap as a result of gun shot wounds he sustained during the kidnapping and they still went ahead to collect a ransom of 10 million."
Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) disclosed that the suspects has confessed as to the role they played in the abduction of Ubani
He said during interrogation Nduka Alaribe AKA Abiola admitted organizing the kidnap of Ubani.
He said that Nduka also admitted recruiting the hostage keepers, and that he was the one who brought the two cars used for the kidnap.
"He led the gang members to pick up the ransom. Godstime Eme a university graduate, is the gang's second in command admitted that he purchased the pre-registered sim which he used in negotiating for the ransom. He also monitored the movement of late Ubani Onyema on the day of his kidnap. Nkere Uwam works in the same company with the victim he gave information on victim's movement .
"Wisdom Uchechi Chidi happens to be a notorious leader of Greenlanders cult gang who have been terrorizing residents of Ahoda-East LGA. He admitted that he provided the gang with the arms used in the kidnap.
Ayakazi Woyin-Kuro claimed to have assisted in the recruitment of gang members. While Okpako Emperor also worked in the same company was part of the plot to kidnap Ubani. Adimibe Kanayo also worked in the company was part of the plot to kidnap Ubani."
Effort is ongoing to arrest other fleeing gang members, to recover the remaining arms and the body of the Victim which they confessed to have dropped into the River.