Suspected kidnapper and escapee prison inmate arrested in Imo

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Suspected kidnapper and escapee prison inmate arrested in Imo


Eze Obinna, a native of Amaimo, Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo state, has been arrested May 17, by operatives of the Quick Intervention Team QIT of the state police command, over his involvement in series of recent kidnap incidents in the state.

Orlando Ikeokwu, the spokesperson of the state police command, in a statement said the operatives while acting on the directives of the Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, to rid the state of crime and criminality, as well as rearrest the escapee inmates of the Correctional services, stormed Obinze, Owerri West LGA, Imo State, and arrested the said Eze Obinna who has since his escape from Prison, allegedly formed another deadly kidnap gang and has been terrorizing Owerri and environs.

Ikeowku said the sometme in December 2020, the suspect was arrested by the operatives of the Anti Kidnapping unit, for kidnapping a victim, where he personally transferred the sum of five Million Naira (N5,000,000) from the victim’s Bank account to his own account, and later collected the sum of Four Million Naira (N4,000,000) cash, as ransom from the same victim, while the victims Toyota Venza car is yet to be recovered.

Eze Obinna

According to Ikeokwu, three AK 47 rifles with a large number of ammunition were also recovered from them. They were charged to court and remanded in prison custody. However, they were set free during the attack on the Correctional services on April 5.

The police spokesperson said the Commissioner of Police has ordered the arrest of all his gang members, as well as moping up their operational arms. He said effort is ongoing in that regard while an investigation is ongoing.

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