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How Anambra police arrested kidnap kingpin after seven years of manhunt

‘The leader of the team that carried out the demolition, Asst Police Commissioner Joseph Agugoesi, said the gang members include Mr Solomon Chi’buzor Morah aka Mmili and Hyacinth Chibudu, whose houses were also demolished’

 

By Okey Maduforo,

Awka

 

Anambra State Police Command has finally arrested a kidnap suspect who had been on the run after being declared wanted seven years ago.

The suspect, whose names was given as Mathew Nwankwo, was a member of a notorious kidnap gang that had been terrorizing the state during the regime of Chief Willie Obiano. He fled the state when his gang members were arrested and later returned to the state with the premonition that since the regime of Obiano was gone that his sins hed been forgiven.

But on a tip-off to the State Police Command, Nwankwo was arrested at his country home, Nteje, in Oyi Local Government Area by officers and men of the Command at the wee hours of Tuesday this week.

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Recall that his house was destroyed along that of his gang members at Nteje and Umueri, respectively, while he was on the run.

The leader of the team that carried out the demolition, Asst Police Commissioner Joseph Agugoesi, said the gang members include Mr Solomon Chi’buzor Morah aka Mmili and Hyacinth Chibudu, whose houses were also demolished.

He further said that the gang members had been ripping off money as ransom to the tune of N70 million from their victims before they were arrested.

Confirming the arrest of Nwankwo, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said that the suspect was in police custody, adding that further investigations were still ongoing.

Ikenga also said that it would be to hasty to make public the preliminary findings in order not to jeopardize further investigations.

 

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