Suspected kidnappers of South Africa returnee arrested in Owerri in swift operation


The Imo State Police Command said they swooped on the den of armed robbers and kidnappers during which they apprehended those believed to have kidnapped a South African returnee, Obinwanne Agugum. 

The police said they recovered several items in the state including arms and ammunitions.

  Also three suspected criminals who the police said that they opened fire on seeing the police who to arrest them were shot dead. 

The exhibits recovered in the suspected criminals den and detention facility at  Attack in Ikeduru LGA ,Imo State include, one AK47 rifle breach No 20193, one English pistol Smith Wesson mod 410 breach No TDRZ175, two pump action guns, a black Prado Jeep Land Cruiser with the Reg No PF143 SPY, others are one Volkswagen Jetta car registered as SMK667 EU, 26 rounds of live Beretta ammunition, 96 rounds of live AK47 magazines fully loaded, N390,000 and different types of charms. 

This was as a result of the kidnap of one Linus Anyaghara and his driver, Cosmas Mbachu, and Vitalis Oguhe who was robbed of his Toyota Sequoia Jeep on December 13,2017 including the subsequent kidnap of Obinwanne Agugum who returned from South Africa on January 13,2018. 

 Following the reported cases, the Police Commissioner, Chris Ezike, charged the operatives to work assiduously to apprehend the perpetrators of the crimes.

 A release by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Oliver Enwerem, a  Superintendent said some arrests have been made. 

Those arrested include, Chibuzor Uche, male 19 years and one Onyekachi Okorom aged 36 with the stolen Toyota Sequoia Jeep who mentioned Chetachi Ogbonna (aka Nwaotu) 24 years and Chidera Nzeagwu aged 36 as their cohorts in the crimes. 

It was on reconstructive interrogation that the arrested suspects disclosed their leader Collins Ezinwa (aka e-money ) who was shot dead as they engaged the Police Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in the gun battle.