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Police arrest kidnappers, rescue 10-yr-old victim

By Tony Edike

ENUGU – A 10-year-old boy, Peter Nnajiego, who was recently abducted from Lagos has been rescued by the police in Enugu who also arrested two suspected kidnappers responsible for the boy’s disappearance.

The suspects were arrested on Tuesday at Akpugoeze in Oji River local government area of the state.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Ebele Amaraizu, told newsmen in Enugu yesterday that Nnajiego was allegedly kidnapped in Lagos last week and brought to Akpugoeze while negotiations of N5 million was going on between them and their victim’s parents.

Amaraizu said that the police, acting on a tip off, surrounded the kidnap suspects, Cajethan Okereke and Okechukwu Opara, who hail from Neni, Anambra  but reside in Mafoluku and Sango Ota, in Lagos.

The PRO said the police launched a surprise attack on the suspects while still awaiting the ransom and put them off their guards, adding that there was no shooting or resistance to arrest.

“There is great need for the public to avail us information in good time.  Men of the anti-kidnap squad in Enugu got a tip-off and swiftly swooped on them.

“We took them unawares. We discovered that this matter had been reported in Lagos Command at about the period the boy was kidnapped, so the boy’s story line ryhmed,” he said.

He said the suspects would soon be arraigned in court, even as one of them, Opara, who admitted being in custody of the boy, said he was misled in the matter.

“I know the parents of the boy. My friend came to me and told me that since I am close to the parents that we should kidnap the boy and make good money from them. I accepted so we took him

“We spent four days in Lagos and my friend told me that Lagos was getting too hot for us, that we should bring the boy down to the East. I left Lagos for the East, Oji River, and two days after they arrested us.

“As we were still awaiting the N5 million ransom, my friend called to tell me that the boy’s father had accepted to pay N2 million, but I have not seen the money,” he narrated.


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