- The police command in Imo state has arrested two sergeants and some other officers for allegedly kidnapping an employee of the National Population Commission (NPC) Amasike Ameleonye
- The sergeants, Olu Hygenius and Collins Ibe, according to police report, collected the sum of N 5 million from Ameleonye as ransom
- Dasuki Galadanchi, the state commissioner of police, confirmed the incident, adding that the arrest was made possible through exchange of intelligence information between the command and members of the community
The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) has arrested two sergeants of the Imo state police command, Olu Hygenius and Collins Ibe, and two other officers, Timothy Chukwukere and Chidubem Anyia, for their alleged involvement in the abduction of an National Population Commission (NPC) worker, Amasike Ameleonye.
Hailing from the Ideato local government area of the state, Ameleonye was kidnapped on Friday, July 6, at Okwelle in Onuimo.
Punch reported that the kidnappers collected N5m ransom before releasing their victim. Hygenius and Ibe, who served as aides to a former lawmaker Robertson Ekwebelem, were arrested by F-SARS personnel at the Imo international conference center in Owerri, the state capital.
Concerning the development, a police informant told newsmen: “When they kidnapped the NPC worker, we followed up on them, but it was too dangerous to strike because of the life of the kidnapped victim. We allowed the family to play along and N5m ransom was paid.
“After the release of the victim, we launched a constructive digital investigation into the matter. The two sergeants were arrested because they were found culpable. They are currently in F-SARS’ custody.
“With our digital analysis, we were able to track the cops; they have admitted to the crime. Our scientific analysis revealed their identities while they kidnapped the NPC workers; they shot his police orderly and made away with his AK 47 riffle.”
Chukwukere, one of the suspects, confessed to journalists that they also collected the riffle belonging to their victim’s police orderly. He said: “This is the first time I followed them to a big operation. What I normally do is local robberies and stealing. I was the one who collected the riffle when the police orderly was shot.”
Among the exhibits recovered from the suspects were one pump action riffle, one pistol, three cartridges and a car.
Dasuki Galadanchi, the state commissioner of police, confirming the arrest, said community policing via information sharing between police and residents in the locale made it possible for the criminals to be tracked down.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the police had arrested a former recruit and four others for allegedly kidnapping ASP Solomon Aniefiok, the Unit Commander of Mopol 55, based in Aba, Abia state. The kidnapping gang also collected an undisclosed ransom, before the police officer was freed.
A reliable source close to the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
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