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Kidnappers walk into trap

* Arrested while trying to cash ransom money from bank

By AUSTIN OGWUDA, ASABA

MEN of the Delta State Police Command have arrested members of a four-man kidnap gang at Kwale, Delta State while trying to cash money paid to them as ransom.

Our reporter gathered that the gang had allegedly threatened to kidnap a businessman (names withheld)  and a nephew of the businessman allegedly connived with them to perfect the deal.

The gang demanded N10 million as ransom from the would-be victim, and, when the nephew approached the man, he agreed to pay in the money to his nephew bank account unknown to the niece that he had set a trap.

After pretending to the nephew that they were playing games with him, the man issued a cheque to the tune of N10 million to be cashed at Oceanic Bank branch, Kwale and, as soon as the nephew, including the other three accomplices, arrived at the bank to withdraw the money, police were notified and they were promptly arrested.

Delta police public relations officer, PPRO , Mr. Charles Muka, confirmed the story but said that it was only the niece who attempted to cash the ransom that was arrested.

…as suspect died of heart attack in custody — Police

By Anayo Okoli

ABA Police Area Command says  kidnap suspect, late Monday Nwakanma was said to have slumped and died later, actually died of heart attack.

This was contained in the autopsy report attached to the statement of reply filed by the police in defence of N1 billion damages suit the Nwakanma’s family instituted against the police in connection to his death.

The family is accusing the police of torturing their father to death when he was arrested by the police for alleged kidnapping and using his compound for harbouring kidnapped victims.

Family members of the suspected kidnapper, who was alleged to have slumped and died at the Police Area Command, Aba, sometime in November last year, had dragged the police to court claiming N1 billion as damages.

In the suit which has been adjourned till August 1, 2011, the family of Nwakanma of Umuocho Village, Osisioma is claiming that their late father was tortured to death and therefore is asking the court to order police to pay them the sum of N1 billion as collateral damages.

However, the police are denying the allegation. The police maintained that the suspect was not tortured or beaten by the police. According to the police, Nwakanma was arrested on November 10, 2011, in his compound in connection with a kidnapping case.

According to the autopsy report attached the statement of defence filed by the police, the late kidnap suspect died “due to heart attack”.

The police attributed the heart attack as indicated in the autopsy to the shock the suspect received on seeing his victim who identified him, stating that the family “is not entitled to any relief of for the sum of N1 billion as the death of Monday Nwakanma is not connected to the actions or inactions of the defendants (police) in this case.”


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