By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”AnambraÂ Â Â State Police Command has arrested 12 persons, includingÂ two women and a member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, serving in Abuja, for alleged kidnapping and armed robbery.
The NYSC member who was identified by police as Mr. Christopher Anisha, who studied Production Technology, at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, UNIZIK, Awka, confessed to journalists that he had carried out two kidnappings in Awka and one in Onitsha from which he received a total N1.4 million as his share of the ransom paid by the relations of the victims.
According to him, thereÂ are six other members of his gang, adding that two ofÂ them were already in police net.
Corps member nabbed at NYSC orientation camp
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Agboola Oshodi-Glover,Â who briefed newsmen on the arrest of the suspects, said the men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, arrested Anisha at the NYSC orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja, following a tip off.
â€œFollowing an information, the SARS stormed the hideout of the suspects at Awka and arrested one Amaluzor Ikechukwu and one Obinna. Investigations took operatives of SARS to NYSC orientation camp in Abuja,Â where Anisha was arrested. Anisha who resides in Asaba, Delta State, confessed to how their armed robbery and kidnapping gang of seven received arms and ammunition from Amaluzor Anthony,â€ Oshodi -Glover said.
He said that under interrogation, Anisha narrated how they collected N6 million from a man they kidnapped at Awkuzu in Anambra State out of which he received N1 million and how they kidnapped the Manager of Skye Bank, from whom they received N3 million out of which he received N400,000.
One of those also paraded by the police was Mr. Paul Madubuko, who the police said was arrested at Ozubulu, in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state, and was wearing full regalia of an Assistant Superintendent of Police of the Police Mobile Force. Madubuko admitted that he had never been in the police force, pointing out that he actually runs a hotel in Ido Osi in Ekiti State
The police said thatÂ some expended AK47 ammunition were allegedly recovered from him.
The Deputy Police Commissioner said some of the suspects were already in court, while others would be taken to court as soon as investigations were concluded in their cases.