By CHIDI NKWOPARA
The alleged leader of the daredevil kidnap gang that abducted Nollywood actress, who doubles as Governor Rocha Okorocha’s political appointee, Miss Nkiry Sylvanus, has been apprehended by a crack team of State Security Service operatives and soldiers.
An impeccable source in Government House, Owerri and close aide of Governor Rochas Okorocha, who does not want his name in print, confirmed the development to Vanguard.
According to the Governor’s aide, “the suspect, who was identified as Matthew Ofurum, is a native of Assa community in Ohaji/Egbema local government area of the state”.
He further disclosed that the suspect is a serving member of Mobile Police Force, Base 19, Port Harcourt, Rivers State,
HVP equally gathered that about N3.5 million, suspected to be part of the N8 million ransom paid by the kidnapped lady’s immediate family, was recovered from Ofurum.
Although Okorocha’s aide resisted the temptation of giving graphic details of the security operation, he however said that “the suspect was shot, wounded and demobilized before being arrested”.
His words: “Matthew Ofurum leads the Imo, Rivers and Abia gangs. He recruits, trains and supplies ammunitions to gangs, using his official cover”.
HVP recalls that three other suspects had earlier been apprehended by the police in connection with the kidnap of Miss Sylvanus.