The Abia State Police Command have arrested one Chibueze Nwaozuzu of Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area of the state for allegedly stealing a 6-year-old boy.

The suspect sold the child to one Comfort Umunnake, who was also arrested and the victim recovered from her. Nwaozuzu was nabbed following a report received of the missing 6 years old child identified as Chinecherem Anoruo.

The suspect made useful statements to the police confessing to the crime stating that he stole the child and sold the child to Umunnakwe for the sum of two hundred thousand (N200, 000.00) Naira.

The sum of eighty-three thousand (83, 000.00) Naira being part of the proceeds of the sale of the child was also recovered from Chibueze Nwaozuzu. Investigation is ongoing and suspects would be charged to court accordingly.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Chris Okey Ezike, who paraded the suspects along with other suspected cultists, kidnappers, armed robbers,on Wednesday April 12th, at the command headquarters, Owerri, reiterated his resolve to reduce crime and enhance safety and security in Imo State.

“On the 10th of April, 2017, I held a meeting with all the heads of Departments, Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Team Commanders in Imo State Command,” said the CP.

“We are collectively resolved that our mission in this new journey shall be “TO REDUCE CRIME AND ENHANCE SAFETY AND SECURITY IN IMO STATE”.

This State of being shall not only enable Imolites go about their lawful businesses without fear of any molestation but also enable the business of Government and private Sector thrive without security encumbrances.

Accordingly, we shall Provide qualitative police service to the people of Imo State, fight serious crimes of armed robbery, Kidnapping, Cultism and other violent social disorders with renewed vigour, strength and commitment.

Partner with other Security Agencies and Non-State actors in a professional and transparent manner in this journey. Build a positive bridge between the Police and Traditional Rulers, Local Government Administrators, Imo Security Network, Imo Community Watch and Community Vigilante Groups.” he added.

Below is the full press statement on the arrest of other suspected criminals:

1.ARREST OF SUSPECTS/RESCUE OF KIDNAPPED VICTIM/RECOVERY OF FIREARMS/AMMUNITION:-
SUSPECTS: (1) CHINEDU IMO ‘M’ OF NDIAWA ARONDIZUOGU (RING LEADER OF THE GANG-NOW DECEASED)
(2) UCHE OBIOHA ‘M’ 57YRS OF NDE-ANICHE IKPEANYI ARO-NDIZUOGU ONUIMO L.G.A
(3) ANAYO OTI KALU MUSA aka GENERAL
(4) OKPAU UGONMA ‘F’ 24YRS OF AKOEME OHIAUCHU ARONDIZUOGU
(5) EMMANUEL CHIKA IHEMENA ‘M’ OF ARO-NDIZOGU
EXHIBITS RECOVERED: (i) THREE (3) AK 47 RIFLES
(ii) FIFTEEN (15) AK 47 MAGAZINES LOADED WITH AMMUNITION
(ii) ONE SHORT LOCALLY MADE
DOUBLE BARREL PISTOL
(iv) ONE BLACK TOYOTA COROLLA WITH REG. NO. AAA-308-BP BELONGING TO THE VICTIM

On the 03/04/2017, one Ben Kpaduwa ‘m’ of IsialaMbano L.G.A was kidnapped at Anara Town, IsialaMbano, LGA by unidentified armed men. Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command swiftly pursued the hoodlums to IkpaOkorie in NdibechukwuAroNdizuogu in Onuimo LGA but they escaped deep into the forest.

The house of one of the gang members one ChukwuemekaObidike aka “OnyeAnamaraekwe” was condoned and searched and the above exhibits arms and ammunitions were recovered. One UgonwaOkpara who claimed to be wife of the kidnap gang was arrested for interrogation.

In furtherance of Police operations on 04/04/2017 the kidnap gang was traced to NdiawaAroNdizuogu in Ideato North LGA where they engaged the police in a shoot out. One Chinedu Imo ‘m’ of NdiawaAroNdizuoguIdeato North LGA, suspected to be a gang member sustained injuries while one Emmanuel Chika Ihemena was arrested with victim’s black Toyota Corrola car. The victim, Ben Kpaduwa was rescued on 04/04/2017.

The injured gang member, Chinedu Imo was taken to the hospital for treatment where he was confirmed dead.

Further investigation led to the arrest of one Anayo OtiKalu Musa aka “General” identified to be member of the kidnap gang responsible for the kidnap of one Mrs Ebi Tina aka (Nwanyiocha) at Oguta in December, 2016.

He was arrested was arrested with locally made shot gun. Investigation is still ongoing.

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