By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”The Ebonyi state Police Command has arrested five persons, two women and three men, believed to be relatives of the suspected kidnappers, whoÂ abducted Mr. Chris Nwankwo, brother in-law to the Ebonyi state Governor Martin Elechi, who was rescued onÂ Wednesday, after he was abducted and ferried to Cross River state.
An Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr.Osita Echeogu, who briefed newsmen yesterday, said that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Command was still interrogating the suspects.
ACP Echeogu, said that the relatives of the suspects were arrested following the escape of the main suspected kidnappers and that modalities had been put in place to track down the real suspects.
He added that one of the arrested suspects, a former councilor in Cross River state, Emmanuel Ebina, was sighted before Nwankwoâ€™s abduction, trailing the car of the victim.
The police also said that another arrested person, Peter Imoke, was seen with the real suspected kidnapper the evening before Nwankwo was kidnapped, adding that when police visited Imokeâ€™s residence, it was discovered that Imoke had abandoned his motorcycle and fled.
Echeogu said that the vehicle of the kidnapped Nwankwo, was recovered at Nnodo in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi state and items recovered from the vehicle,Â includes a Nokia phone and one AK47 magazine.
â€œI am impressed with the way people turned out. Women, old men, local government chairmen, the SSG, youths and they combed the whole place and collectively we made great success,â€ he said.
He urged the people to always report cases of crime, missing person and other criminal activities to senior police officers in the command,Â noting that prompt response to crime has always truncated the activities of criminals.
He added that police was determined to rid Ebonyi state of crime and ask for logistics and other support that would help in curbing crime in the state.