Anambra State Police Command says it has smashed a kidnapping syndicate terrorising the state, and arrested two suspected top members.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Haruna Mohammed, a superintendent of police (SP) said Saturday that the arrest followed a fierce gun battle with the criminals.
Mohammed said that police also recovered one revolver pistol, four live ammunition, and a victim’s body.
He said the gun battle between the police and the syndicate took place on Friday, at Owerrinta, Abia State.
According to him, the shootout took place when the abductors came to collect N3 million ransom from the victim’s family.
“Following actionable intelligence, Puff-Adder operatives, in conjunction with the Command’s Special Anti robbery Squad (SARS), tracked and arrested at Aro Ngwa, Owerrinta in Abia State, one Anthony Robbert ‘m’ 25 years.
“Robert was arrested alongside one Udoka Nwoko ‘m’ 27 years, after a fierce gun battle.
“The two suspects were fatally wounded during the encounter,’’ it said.
The command’s spokesman said the encounter followed the kidnap of one Amaechi Ike ‘m’, at Awada in Onitsha, Anambra.
“The suspects later collected N3 million ransom from his family, and still went ahead to kill the victim (Ike),” he said.
Mohammed stated that the suspects voluntarily confessed to the crime and immediately took Police detectives to a shallow grave, where they buried the victim.
He said that the corpse was exhumed and recovered as exhibit and later deposited at a morgue.
The PPRO said that police recovered one locally-made revolver pistol and four live ammunition from the suspects.
He said the suspects had since been taken to the hospital for medical attention; and they would be charged to court after investigation.
The PRO used the medium to re-assure the public of Anambra Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang’s readiness to combat crime in the state.
He appealed to residents to always provide useful information that would assist the Police in protecting lives and property of all citizens.