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Police arrest 19 kidnap suspects in Abia

By Anayo Okoli

Umuahia—ABIA State Police Commands said that it arrested 19 suspected kidnappers in the state between October and early part of this month.

The arrest came at a time the Abia State Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr. John Nwokocha disclosed that about 12 repentant kidnapers have so far embraced the state government’s amnesty programme.

Nwokocha said the government was serious in its amnesty programme and urged those yet to surrender to do so as the government would soon unfold its rehabilitation programme for repentant kidnappers.

According to the Abia State Police Commissioner, Mr. Jonathan Johnson, who spoke through the PPRO, Mr. Ali Okechukwu, the command during the period, also arrested four armed robbery suspects and three suspects in possession of arms and ammunition.

The Commissioner also announced that 12 suspected cultists were arrested, including teenage girls. The girls said they were raped before being initiated as members of the cult.

One of the girls, who was paraded alongside other suspects, admitted recruiting her girl friend, who was also raped by the boys before she was admitted. She said, however, that if the new entrant could afford N3, 500, she would be spared the rigours of turn-by-turn rape.

Johnson further disclosed that four AK47 riffles, five locally made double barrel guns cut to size, one locally made revolver and 289 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, one live cartridge, three rounds of 0.5mm live ammunition were recovered from the suspects. He also announced that the command recovered eight different brands of vehicles during the period under review


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