By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Imo State Police Command has killed three armed kidnappers and paraded over 20 others linked with varying serious crimes, including armed robbery, kidnapping, arson and rape.
Speaking to journalists after parading the suspects, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aloysius Okorie, also said that all but one of those kidnapped by hoodlums on 1MarchÂ 2010, including Justice Ambrose Egu and the Chief Registrar, Customary Court of Appeal, Ugoeze Pauline Njemanze, have been released.
The Imo police boss said, â€œwe are working. We have been able to identify the area. We have narrowed down the space. But I wonâ€™t divulge our operational strategy.â€
He said he had got in touch with his counterparts in Abia and Rivers States, when the hoodlums struck, adding that the patrol teams from the two states were already within the vicinity but didnâ€™t know where exactly the victims were being held.
â€œWhat gave them out at that point in time, according to one of the released victims, was when they got to the thick forest where they wanted to discharge their human cargo, they saw some faces, whom they regarded to be strange and shot them,â€ Okorie recounted.
He said that when the policemen heard the gunshot, they headed in that direction and had serious exchange of fire with them, pointing out that it was at that point that all the vehicles they snatched from their victims were recovered.
â€œThey abandoned all the vehicles there. As I talk to you now, virtually all the vehicles have been recovered by the Abia State Police Command. I know we will get them. I am very positive that we will get them,â€ Okorie said.
Asked to say exactly where the hoodlums have their hideout, the CP said from the geography of the area, it is a boundary area between Abia and Rivers States.