By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”THE Anambra State Police Command has paraded four persons, suspected to be involved in armed robbery, kidnapping and manufacturing of guns.
State Police Commissioner, Mr. Philemon Leha, who paraded the suspects before newsmen in Awka, gave their names as Mazwell Umunnakwe and Innocent Arinze from Ozonta in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Emeka Sunday from Okwe in Asaba, Delta State and Peter Obiakor, who lives in Awka.
Items recovered from them includes, two gun butts, nine long and short iron pipes for gunsÂ manufacture, one filing machine, one iron cutter, one iron file, two live cartridges, five constructed gun triggers and a book titled â€œGun traders guideâ€.
According to the Commissioner, Arinze, Sunday and one Thadeus Okafor, who allegedly kidnapped a nine year-old, Miss Uju Nwokorie were trailed to their hide out in Irugbo village, Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area by security operatives, where they were arrested.
Leha said that the little Victoria, who lives with her parents at Shasha in Lagos State, was kidnapped by the suspects on her way to school and brought to Anambra State, adding that on interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime. Victoria had since been handed over to her parents.
One of the suspects, Arinze told newsmen that they were contracted by one Etche in Lagos, who directed them to demand for N20 million ransom from the parents of Victoria, adding that they were still in the process when they were arrested.
Also, the Police Commissioner said that Umunnakwe,Â allegedly led a five-man gang to kidnap 70 year-old Deaconess Agnes Egesinba from her residence in Uruogwa village in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State in September this year and abandoned her after two weeks in captivity at Amandugba in Isu Local Government Area, also in Imo State. The suspect, the CP said, was arrested along Owerri Road in Onitsha by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).