Police bust kidnap syndicate in Imo

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An anti- unit of the police has arrested a nine-member kidnap syndicate said to be behind several in .

The arrest was made in various hideouts of the in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area following the of two persons,  Dominic Chukwuma and Silas Nnawubia,  on 30.

Police spokesman Michael Abattam said on that the kidnap were rescued unhurt.

He said: “The police operatives on 5/5/2022 in about 2350 , stormed the ’ den and arrested one Onuoha aged 35 years, a of Umuegwu Mpam, and Igbokwe aged 35 years, a native of Umuchoko Ihitte Aforukwu, both natives of Ahiazu Mbaise of Imo State. The victim held in captive was gallantly rescued unhurt.

In the course of , the suspects confessed to the crime of , revealing how they escaped from Imo Correctional on 5, 2021.

They said they got a safe hideout in Ahiazu Mbaise after their and formed a kidnap gang.

Abattam said the suspects took police operatives to their hideouts where most of their gang members were arrested.

He said items included one AK47 rifle, breech 1142 with 84 rounds of live ammunition, four locally-made pistols, 46 rounds of live , one Toyota 4Runner SUV to the victim, multiple banks’ cards stolen from their victims, and the personal belongings of the victim.

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