* Recover 4 Ak47 Rifles, 5 other Assault Guns, 378 Rounds of Ammunition, 18 Vehicles and 1 Anti-Tracker Device
Police Operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested thirty-five (35) suspects across the country for their active involvement and participation in a series of kidnapping, armed robbery and other heinous crimes across the country.
Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, said the arrest was sequel to the unrelenting efforts by the Force to rid the country of criminals and to get justice for victims of these crimes.
Mba said among the arrests were a criminally-minded pastor, Adetokumbo Adenopo, ‘m’ 52years, Founder and General Overseer of New Life Ministry, Lukosi, in Shagamu Area of Ogun State, and three other members of his criminal gang namely; Chigozie Williams 22years, native of Umuahia North, Abia State, Ugoji Linus 30years, native of Ezinifite in Imo State and Emmanuel Chris Ani, 27years, native of Aniri in Enugu State.
He said they were responsible for the kidnap for ransom of one Jonathan Ekpo ‘m’ 35 years, from Benue State.
Mba further stated that the pastor told the Police operatives that he embarked on the crime for the expansion of his church and charity works.
He said their victim, an employee of a logistic company, was kidnapped on 17th July, 2020 while on official duty to deliver goods in Shagamu, Ogun State.
Mba added that the victim was kept in an underground cabin inside the Pastor’s church building in Ogijo town, Ogun State, by his abductors who demanded the payment of twenty million naira ransom as condition for his release and was subsequently rescued unhurt nine days after and reunited with his family by the Police.
Mba revealed that the Police also arrested one Udodiri Bright also know as Ability ‘m’ 30years old, native of Osuachara Village, Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo state and three others, Ekwuru Shadrack also knownp as Escobar ‘m’ 26 years native of Arondizuogu village in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo state, Chimerie Igwe also known as 4real ‘m’ 30 years old, native of Umucheke Village in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State and Chibuike Sunday, 28 years old from Arondizuogu of Imo State.
He said they were arrested on the 5th of July, 2020 for the abduction and killing of a Nigerian US Soldier, Chuks Okebata who came into Nigeria for holidays in his home town, Okigwe, Imo State in 2017.
Mba said the suspects who were one of the foremost kidnapping groups, terrorizing the South Eastern part of the country, were arrested 31 months after, following intensive manhunt by the Police team.
He said the Police team also arrested a 9-man trans-boundary armed robbery and car-snatching syndicate led by one Yakubu Hayatu, 30 years, from Borno State.
Members of the gang include; Adamu Awalu, 28 years from Kano State, Abdulrahman Yakubu, 23 years from Zaria, Yususf Adamu, 22 years from Zaria, Kamal Japhet, 22 years from Katsina, Abubakar Samaila, 20 years from Zaria, Muhammadu Abdulahi, 20 years from Zaria, Yahaya Mohammed, 18 years from Kaduna State, Ibrahim Abubakar, 21 years from Kwara.
Mba said investigations revealed that the syndicate had snatched over thirty exotic cars at gun point and killed two Policemen.
He said they used anti-tracker devices to evade arrest and deliver the vehicles to one Alhaji Garba in Maradi, Niger Republic.
Eighteen vehicles had so far been recovered by the Police team, according to him.
He said the team was working with the INTERPOL to apprehend Alhaji Garba and to recover the remaining vehicles.
The Force Public Relations Officer said 4 Ak47 Rifles, 1 FMC rifle, 1 Pump Action Gun, 2 double barrel guns, 1 Beretta pistol, 4 AK47 Magazine, 6 cartridges, 378 rounds of live ammunition, 1 network jammer (anti-tracker device) were recovered from the gang.
Mba said the suspects would be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.
He added that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar Adamu assured Nigerians that the battle against criminal elements in the country was a continuous one.