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Four Suspected Kidnappers Apprehended by Rivers State Police

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Arrests have been made by the Rivers State Police Command, with four suspects detained due to their alleged involvement in a kidnapping incident that took place in Okocha Community, Igbo-Etche in Etche Local Government Area of the state.

The catalyst for these arrests was the report filed by a company’s management, reporting that some of their workers who were on a field inspection had gone missing.

Grace Iringe-Koko, the command’s spokesperson, released a statement in Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Thursday, disclosing these developments.

According to Iringe-Koko, the victims were subjected to a terrifying ordeal by the suspected kidnappers who threatened them, demanded a ransom of N300m, and jeopardized their lives.

Following discreet investigations, it was unveiled that the suspects were part of a criminal gang masquerading as cattle rearers.

The issued statement read, “The fight against kidnapping within the region remains a top priority for the Rivers State Police Command.

“A recent breakthrough occurred with the successful arrest of five individuals suspected of engaging in various criminal undertakings, including kidnapping and cultism.

“This investigation stemmed from a report presented by Lujo Heights Homes on January 19, 2024.

“The report detailed the disappearance of four staff members during a routine property inspection in Okocha Community, Igbo-Etche, Etche Local Government Area.

“Despite numerous attempts to reach the missing individuals, no contact was established.

“Through meticulous intelligence-gathering efforts, the police were able to apprehend four suspects believed to have ties to the incident.

“Upon interrogation, these suspects admitted to their role in the abduction of the victims and the subsequent destruction of the Toyota Sequoia SUV they were utilizing.

“The victims, who underwent a traumatic experience in the forests of Etche, recounted enduring inhumane treatment and constant death threats until a ransom of N300m was demanded for their release.”

Additional information shared revealed that during the operation, law enforcement recovered two locally-made pistols, two smartphones, and a black Toyota Sequoia owned by the gang.

Separately, the Anti-Cultism Unit of the command detained a well-known cultist and kidnapper named Godfrey Odum.

This suspect was implicated in the abduction of Precious Chukwu, a student of Elechi Amadi Polytechnic.

“The victim was eventually released after being stripped of her valuables. Godfrey has confessed to the crime and provided pivotal details concerning the identities of other gang members involved.

“Commending the exceptional efforts of the officers of Rivers State Police Command in fighting crime and ensuring the community’s safety, Commissioner of Police Tunji Disu emphasized vigilance when hiring security personnel and reaffirmed the command’s resolute commitment to purging the state of criminal activities,” noted the PPRO.

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