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Kidnap saga in Delta: Kidnap kingpin arrested while celebrating New Yam Festival 

By Nwabueze Okonkwo, Onitsha

Recent arrest of a kidnap kingpin who allegedly abducted a liquor dealer in Asaba, Delta state, has exposed alleged police complicity in implicating a private detective based in Anambra state.  The detective, Jude Ukachi, Director of Jufuso security agency, arrested the notorious kingpin in Anambra state and handed him over to the Special Anti-Robery Squad, SARS, in Delta state police command for thorough investigations and possible prosecution.

The suspect whose name was simply given as Ucheka (a.k.a (Onugbu), according to police sources, is now being grilled by detectives following his arrest by the private security company, which specializes in tracking down kidnappers in Anambra and Delta states.

Until his arrest, the kingpin was alleged to be the leader of a four-man kidnap gang whose members are still at large.   Handing over the suspect to SARS operative at the Delta state SARS headquarters, Asaba, the Director of Jufuso security Agency, Jude Ukachi, told Crime Alert that the suspect was arrested on September 7, this year at Osumoghu community in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra state where he was celebrating a new yam festival.

He noted that Ucheka and three other fleeing gang members who were simply identified as Ifeanyi, Ben and Ibrahim, had on April 19, 2011, allegedly kidnapped one Emeka Ossai, a liquor dealer at the Police officer’s Wives Association, POWA shop located inside Police Officers’ Mess, Asaba.   Ukachi disclosed that although he and his security operatives were able to rescue the victim, Ossai, shortly after the kidnap, the suspects had already dispossessed the victim’s sales proceeds amounting to N700, 000 from him.

The private detectives further disclosed that while he and his operatives were still looking for the suspect (Ucheka) after the kidnap saga within that 2011, the then officer in-charge of SARS in Delta state framed him and his men up in the same kidnap saga, arrested, detained and charged them to court on an eight- count charge of conspiracy, kidnapping, murder, armed robbery, possession of fire arms and demand for ransom, instead of looking for the kingpin and his gang.

He said that an Asaba High Court presided over by Justice T. C. Makwe in Suit No. A/29C/2011 discharged and acquitted all of them on December 17, 2013, adding that it was based on the frame up against him that he vowed to track down the suspect and his gang members.   Assuring that he would equally track down other fleeing members of the gang, the detective said his police accusers will face the music after that.

Confirming the arrest and handover of the suspect to SARS, Delta state Police Public Relations Committee, PPRO, Mrs. Celestina Kalu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said the kingpin was still under interrogation.



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