The Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Imo State Police Command has arrested the alleged kidnappers of five corpers who were abducted on the Umuapu axis of the Owerri/Port Harcourt expressway on October 23 on their way to the NYSC orientation camps.
The corps members were later rescued by policemen who were on duty around the scene of the incident that same day.
Dasuki Galadanchi, Imo state commissioner said on Wednesday that the suspects were arrested following investigation which was launched after the abduction.
He said that the suspects were arrested on October 28 at Nkaraha junction on the Owerri-Port Harcourt expressway.
According to Galadanchi, the suspects had also been involved in other kidnap incidents, armed robbery, and murder cases within the area.
He gave the names of the suspects as Okoro Emenike, 20, from Apani in Ikwere, Wisdom Nwobodo, 22, also from Ikwerre in Rivers State; Chukwu Wisdom, 19, from Umuapu in Imo State; and two others.
Galadanchi said, “We intercepted the suspects with 16 different types of handsets, three different ATM cards, some charms, one television set, compact disc with two speakers, one red mask, one Access Bank cheque book, and a small quantity of Indian hemp.
“During interrogations, suspects confessed to cultism, kidnapping around Ohaji axis of Imo State and killing of one Augustine Ejimebu, 69, from Apani in Ikwerre, Rivers State.
They also confessed to being responsible for the kidnap of the five corps members who were traveling from Ibadan, the Oyo state capital to Rivers and Akwa Ibom states for the NYSC orientation programme.”