By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka -TWELVE suspected kidnappers who allegedly abducted two elderly women, Janet Akpoke, 90, and Marcelina Alagbogu,Â 85, as well as a retired headmaster in Imo State, Francis Ngwangwa, 71, and demanded various sums totaling N60 million for their release were yesterday paraded by the men of the State Security Service (SSS) in Awka, Anambra State.
While Mrs. Akpoke hails from Akaeze in Ebonyi State, Alagbogu and Ngwangwa are from Ideato South in Imo State. The state director of SSS, Mr. Joseph Opatimehin, also paraded the wife of one of the suspects, Mrs. Cynthia Maduabuchi and her sister who were said to be feeding the victims while they were being detained by the kidnappers at Ideato in Imo State.
Though the kidnappers were from Imo State, Opatimehin said the Anambra State command of SSS became involved because Ngwangwa was kidnapped in Anambra State, adding that it was in the course of investigating his kidnap that his men discovered that the two elderly women were being held by the same gang and demanding N10 million as the last amount they could accept before releasing them.
Leader of one of the gangs, Mr. Chikwado Maduabuchi (alias Alcohol), admitted that the victims were kept in his custody, but insisted that they were brought to him by one Chibuzor Aka who is still at large.
The SSS said the victims were at various places bundled into a Toyota Camry car belonging to Maduabuchi who claims to be a business man based in Port Harcourt. According to the SSS director, Ngwangwa was released by the kidnappers when members of his family paid ransom ofÂ N750, 000, while negotiations for the release of the others were going on before the crime was burst.