The Imo State police command yesterday paraded a traditional ruler, Eze Andrew Okwuegbunwa of Uba -Agwa autonomous community in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State and seven others for allegedly kidnapping one police inspector, Oscar Mbaeri and Louis Obodo all from same community.
Other victims of the gang according to the State police Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede who briefed newsmen on the development yesterday are : Chigozirim Festus, from Egwelu Atta, Njaba, Anyanwu Amarachi and Desmond Okonkwo.
According to the CP, the gang at different locations in Owerri metropolis successfully kidnapped their victims but they were not lucky enough to escape from the hot chase of the Anti – kidnapping Unit of the command who got a hint of their operation.
During the chase , the suspects were forced to abandon three of their victims and their operational vehicle , a Lexus RX330 SUV with registration number (Edo) URM -40 EL but escaped with two victims.
However, few months later according to the commissioner, SARS operatives arrived the scene and recovered the abandoned vehicle.
A painstaking investigation by a combine team of the SARS and the Anti- Kidnapping Unit on 28, July later led to the arrest of the 59 year old royal father who has since confessed to be the owner of the car.
According to the CP, investigation has revealed that the monarch has constantly making available his vehicle for the gangs operation.
Akinmoyede further disclosed that from investigation, it was learnt that the monarch was given N3 million from the N7. 5 million ransom collected from their victims to replace his damage car.
When newsmen accosted the monarch to hear his own side of the report, he confessed hiring his vehicle to the gang and receipt of the money.
He said “I don’t know that is what they use it for , but they give me money each time they return it, I have collected money from them three or four times like this.” The monarch said.
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