Police arrest dreaded Imo kidnapper, rescue victim Chidiebube Okeoma , Owerri

There was jubilation in Owerri on Wednesday as the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the Imo State Police Command arrested a suspected kidnap kingpin in the state , Izuchukwu Chukwuma .

The personnel of the unit also rescued a kidnapped victim , Solomon Nwabguma , from a forest.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Orlando Ikeokwu , told our correspondent that the suspect ’s arrest was a major breakthrough for the command .

The police spokesperson said the state Commissioner of Police , Rabiu Ladodo, had directed that the suspect be charged at the conclusion of investigation .

According to Ikeokwu , a Lexus 300 SUV was recovered from the suspect as an exhibit .

The police spokesperson said , “Sequel to the kidnap of one Solomon Nwanguma of Umuanu Inyishi in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State on October 5 , 2019 , at Prefab in the Owerri North Local Government Area , operatives of the Anti- kidnapping Unit swung into action , and through intelligence gathering, arrested the above named suspect in his hideout on October 7 .

“The suspect has made useful statements confessing to the crime and has given the names of his gang members responsible for kidnappings within Owerri and its environs .

“He equally led the operatives to a lonely house near a forest in Umuagwu , Ifakala in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state , where the victim was rescued unhurt.

“Efforts are on to arrest other members of the gang , who are currently at large.”

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