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Published On: Wed, Aug 13th, 2014

Rivers: Police read riot act to kidnappers

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The Commissioner of Police in Rivers state, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin has said that kidnappers still operating within the state are in for a hard time, as his Command would not relent in its efforts to rid the state of undesirable elements.

He stated this just as the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the Command arrested two suspected members of a kidnap gang operating in Port Harcourt, in connection with the kidnap of a manager of a petrol station and the threatening of another.

The gang’s modus operandi was reported to have included sending threat messages, accompanied by fearful pictures and live ammunition, to their victims, which would be followed by death threat calls.

The police commissioner said that the suspects, Ndubuisi Udensi and David Joseph, were arrested by the anti-kidnapping unit, led by Shadare Edwards, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, in a joint operation with the Department of State Services (DSS), Rivers state, following the report of a threat letter sent to one of the gang’s intended victims, a manager of a petrol station in the oil city.

Prior to the time the threat letter was sent, it was learnt that unknown gunmen abducted the manager of a petrol station along Omagwa Isiokpo road, Ikwerre local government area of Rivers state, on December 31, 2014. They reportedly shot him in the right leg and took him to an unknown destination.

The gang was said to have started demanding for ransom, as a result of which the sum of N1.2million was paid. With the success made from the operation, Ndubuisi’s gang decided to try their luck with the manager of another filling station, Mr. Promise (surname withheld).

The kidnap gang reportedly wrote a threat letter attached to

frightening pictures of militants to the man, in which they enclosed two AK 47 live ammunition and dynamite detonator. This was followed up with calls demanding for payment of ransom if he didn’t want to be visited by the militants in the photo. Unknown to the gang, however, the police operatives noted the mobile number used in negotiating the ransom.

It was later discovered that the mobile number belonged to Ndubuisi.

He was thereafter arrested with David in a joint operation of Anti-Kidnapping Unit of Rivers State Police Command and the DSS. After preliminary investigation by the DSS, they were transferred to the police for further investigation. (NAN)

 

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