The raid was launched on January 29, 2014, Wednesday, shortly after a kidnap victim was said to have escaped from the hideout and reported to the police.
The victim, unidentified at the time of writing the article, was allegedly abducted in Abagana, Njikoka Local Government Area of the state, late last week and brought into the hideout at Justice Onwuamaegbu Close, GRA.
The victim was kept incommunicado for a ransom negotiation. The amount of ransom was set at N3 million, but the victim managed to escape.
Three suspects, a male and two females, were said to have been using the vacant building for the past two years, right under the nose of the neighbourhood watch.
The game was said to have ended for the kidnappers when the male suspect, who incidentally is an official of GRA Unit of commercial motorcycle union, was going out and instructed the female suspect to keep an eye on the victim.
It was gathered that as soon as went out, the victim requested the female suspect to get him water to drink.
By the time she returned with water, the victim had cleverly untied the rope on his hands, removed the handcuff on his legs and attacked her, knocking her out completely before scaling the wall to escape.
Not long after, the victim returned to the hideout with SARS operatives and arrested the male and female suspects, while the second female suspect was on the run.
Popular transporter, who lives in the neighbourhood, Chief Godwin Okeke, of GUO Transport Limited, expressed shock that he had been living in the same Onwuamaegbu Crescent with the dangerous kidnappers. He had himself been kidnapped five years ago.
Okeke said the owner of the compound who lives abroad had probably kept the male suspect to look after the compound, pending when the property would be rented out.
The police burnt the entire property found in the service quarters of the building, which the kidnappers had been using.
Mr. Samuel Chukwu, the Chairman of GRA Unit of Commercial Motorcycle Union, expressed surprise that their official could be linked to the act of kidnapping.
Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka, the State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrests, adding that the outcome of the on-going police investigations would determine the next line of action.