The suspected kidnappers of the 80-year-old Chief Felix Ogbonna have been arrested.
Reports indicate that the kidnappers who arrested the chief on 26th of November, 2017 were arrested after the demanded ransom had been paid by the family of the abducted elderly man.
The Operatives of the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team IRT with technical support from TIU were deployed to look into the kidnapping by the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, leading to the capture of the 5 members of the kidnap syndicate.
The arrested kidnappers were reported to have confessed to their crimes stating that they conducted three kidnapping operations in November in Aba, Abia state.
The members of the gang further revealed that they collected the sum of N250,000, N1 million and N5.5 million naira equivalent in dollars respectively.
The confessions of the kidnappers and their roles are as follows:
1) Samuel Chikaodi James AKA Chiboy ‘m’ 29, the second in command, he is also the driver of the operational vehicle used in kidnaps, the negotiator of ransoms and does the pick ups. Received 3 million.
2) Justice Iriah AKA Mopol ‘m’ 23 of Edo state. While armed, He snatches & secures the hostages in the vehicle upto the kidnap den. Received 300k
3) Ikechukwu Igwebuike AKA Anambra ‘m’ 22. While armed, He snatches & secures the hostages in the vehicle upto the kidnap den. Received 300k
4) Chikachi Ubani ‘m’ 30, he was in charge of the stronghold/Detention Camp where hostages were kept. 5) Chineye Mark ‘m’ 45, a panel beater, hides their operation vehicle in his workshop. Received 150k.
The police also exhibited some recovered items including an AK47 Rifle, Magazine/Ammunitions, and operational vehicles – one Lexus 300 jeep, and a Toyota Sienna Bus.
Two of the gang members are reportedly on the run as efforts are being intensified to capture them.