The Abia State Police Command has taken into custody eleven persons suspected to be involved in kidnapping, armed robbery and dealing in hard drugs.
While three of the suspects were arrested for kidnapping, two were nabbed for armed robbery, while six were found in custody of illicit drug.
The suspected kidnappers nabbed over the weekend included Bright Nwokengbe, Gomba Kaji and John Onyemuwa, who were alleged to have abducted a Yoruba man in the city. While Nwokengbe was arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, his alleged accomplices were nabbed in Aba.
Onuoha Okpani and Jeremiah Kalu who claimed to be commercial drivers were arrested at Umukalika axis of Aba for alleged armed robbery, The Sun reports.
Displaying the suspects at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, office in Aba, the state Commissioner of Police, Joshak Habila, pointed out that most of the kidnappers in the state particularly, in Aba come from border communities.
“Most of the kidnappers are now coming from communities that share border with Abia and other states.
“We have been cooperating with the police in those states and one of the results is what you have seen”.
Habila, while noting that his command had a new road map it has employed to reduce crime, especially, kidnapping in the state, expressed joy that the woman who had been providing the kidnappers’ food and other needs had been arrested and their hideout taken over by government.
The CP warned criminals in the area to renounce their trade and return to real life to add values to the society, adding that police in the state would not take it kindly with any person arrested for criminal offence.
He advised the public to always volunteer information to the police, promising that such information would be treated with utmost confidentiality. Nwokengbe denied involvement in kidnapping, claiming that he was arrested in his elder brother’s stead while others admitted to the crime.
While Kaji and Onyemuwa confessed to the crime of kidnapping, saying they received N120, 000 each for passing information which led to the abduction of the Yoruba man, to their gang members; Okpani and Kalu said they were lured into armed robbery by their friend who they called Maduekwe (now at large) and were given N6, 000 each after the operation that preceded their arrest.
The six drug addicts who were arrested in their hideout within the Imo Gate axis all confessed to the crime and blamed the devil for their actions.