Stories by Onozure Dania
Nine notorious kidnappers and a native doctor suspected to be masterminds of the kidnap and subsequent killing of 84-year-old wife of Igwe of Abbah-Igogoro in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area, who were recently arrested by the Police in Enugu, have given graphic accounts of how they carried out the heinous crime.
The octogenarian whose son, Chief Goddy, Ogbo, served as Commissioner for Local government and Chieftaincy Matters in the state, was kidnapped last September and taken to an unknown destination. The incident took place four days after some armed men invaded the palace and inflicted machete cuts on her husband before shooting at three other persons in his palace at 8pm.
The traditional ruler was said to be having a meeting with some people in his Igogoro palace when the gunmen struck. Igwe Ogbo was reportedly given three machete cuts on his head Following this development, the State Police boss, Adamu Abubakar Mohammed gave his men matching orders to go after the perpetrators and bring them to book.
His stern directives paid off as the Anti-kidnapping unit of the command swung into action and succeeded in rounding up nine notorious criminals suspected to have carried out the operation. The arrested suspects include; Paschal Onah alias Achisa, Uche Ugwu, Chinwendu Adonu, Chikodi Idoko, Martin Okpe, a native Doctor, Mamman Okechukwu, Ofobuike Okpe, Christain Onah and Friday Eze.
They were arrested after a severe gun duel with the operatives after they were tracked to their hideouts. Some of them were also injured during the gun battle that ensued.
Meanwhile, the leader of the gang, Paschal Onah alias Achisa has disclosed how he and his gang carried out the kidnap of the late Madam Adisa Ogbo and how she was eventually buried by him and the gang in his compound where they kept her awaiting the payment of the sum of N10 million as ransom.
He disclosed that the old woman took ill while in their custody and died a week after her kidnap and they decided to bury her in a shallow grave inside his compound which he has turned as dumping grounds for kidnap victims.
He further revealed that he also collected the sum of N300,000.00 from the family of the victim after the death of the woman unknown to their relations that the woman had died. He also disclosed that his gang used to work hand in hand with the native doctor who normally prepares charm for them and that they used to give the native doctor ram and the sum of #30,000 or #50,000 respectively depending on the proceeds of their ransom.
He, however, regretted his action and advised people to stay out of crime and criminality as, according to him, ones sin is bound to find him out one day.
One of the suspects by name Uche Ugwu regretted his action and disclosed that he has not made much since he joined them and described kidnapping as a ‘dirty game’. He narrated how he abandoned his clothing business at Abuja and heeded to Paschal’s call of joining a kidnap gang and advised youths to try as much as possible to shun crime and criminality stating that he has only carried out two kidnap operations with their leader, Paschal armed with cut -to -size double- barrel gun, one revolver pistol and a locally- made pistol.
The suspect said also that they used to keep their victims at Paschal’s house. “Normally when we want to go on operation, we used to snatch vehicles and move with it to where we want to operate. Now, look at how I ended up, crime is not good as one must be caught one day.”
Another suspect, Chinwendu Adonu lamented that it was greed that lured him into joining a kidnap gang as he used to sell cloth in Benue state before he joined them. Describing kidnapping also as a dirty game, he further disclosed that he wanted to quit but the leader of the gang threatened to kill him if he quits although, according to him, he did not report it to the police. He advised people to shun crime and criminality.
Meanwhile, the manhunt for fleeing members of the notorious gang said to be terrorizing the University town of Nsukka and its environs for long, has been intensified by the police. The state commissioner of police who applauded the efforts of his operatives and good people of the state for their assistance which led to the arrest of the hoodlums assured that the command will continue to work hard to ensure the safety and security of people in the state. He urged members of the public to make judicious use of the numbers given to them by the command for information.