•Gangs behind abduction of Nkiru Sylvanus, 4-yr-old baby arrested •78-yr-old woman rescued
From GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, Owerri
Suspected kidnappers of the Nollywood actress and the Special Assistant to Governor Rochas Okorocha on Public Affairs, Miss Nkiru Sylvanus were yesterday paraded, as the police busted the criminal abduction ring in Imo State. Also paraded were four suspects who kidnapped the four-year-old daughter of the Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Imo State chapter, Mr. Blyden Amajirionwu from his house at Uratta Housing Estate in Owerri North Local Government, while he travelled to his village, Ngor Okpala.
In another breakthrough, the police successfully rescured a 78-year-old woman from kidnappers’ den. While parading the suspects, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adisa Bolanta said three teams of police operatives carried out manhunt for Nkiru’s kidnappers and eventually arrested the four suspects namely, Okoro, Stella, Festus and Chijioke in their hideout at Imerienwe in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area. He said the suspects in their separate statements had confessed to be collaborators to the kidnappers, adding that they implicated one Chinedu alias Mopol, Ifeanyi alias Alaye, Ezekwem and Ifeanyi (surname withheld) as the main kidnappers that abducted the Nollywood actress.
“Since the kidnappers have been identified by the police, there is repeated visitation to their houses and hideout in a bid to arrest them.” The police boss also disclosed that based on the information provided to the police by Mr. Amajirionwu two suspects, one Tochukwu, a cripple and Ngozi were arrested, while another suspect escaped with bullet wounds during exchange of gunfire. Also the Police rescued a 78-year-old woman and arrested three persons suspected to have kidnapped her.
The victim, Mrs. Christiana Okere was kidnapped from her home in Ngor Okpala on December 18 and taken to Iguruwuta in Rivers State, where she was held till December 28, when she was rescued by the anti-kidnapping unit of the state CID. According to the commissioner, the suspects were arrested after a member of their gang disclosed the location of their hideout to the police.
The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of N20 million from the son of their victim. Bolanta warned that criminal elements in the state should desist from their nefarious activities or quit, as the police would clamp down on them. “This state is now a graveyard for kidnappers and other criminal elements.” The commissioner also warned against use of sirens by unauthorized people, saying such vehicles would be impounded.