By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA â€” Ex-MASSOB Commander and leader of a dreaded 29-man gang of kidnappers and robbers who have terrorized the South East for over two and half years, Innocent Orji, alias â€˜Bâ€™ stone Generalâ€™, was yesterday paraded by the
Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro in Abuja.
Orji confessed that one of the two Chinese nationals kidnapped by his gang at Nnewi, died in his custody.
Orji also disclosed that his gang has realised up to N20million income, as ransom for their kidnap victims, and that from the proceeds, he paid his boys, N20, 000 monthly as salary for their robbery activities while many of them got married in their camp located at Ekoli-Edda in Afikpo South local government of Ebonyi state.
Explaining how they began kidnapping, Orji said, â€œWhen our leader, Chief Ralf Uwazuruike was arrested by the Federal Government, he told us MASSOB, to make some noise so that government will release him.
We then scattered. After that we started looking for money to sustain ourselves”. There was one army officer, Chukwuebuka Ikewachukwu, serving in Lagos who was training our boys at Idoani and Ojoto. He directed us to one abandoned prison yard in Nnewi.
â€œBut we needed money and I sent my boys to talk to our people to raise money. They went to Chief Ogbuawu and he gave them N1million. But they came back and gave me N400, 000 saying it was raised from the market. Ejiofor later told me the money was from Ogbuawu and it was N1million.