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Police recover AK-47 rifle, ammunition, human skull in shrine

By Chinonso Alozie

The Imo Police Command has declared Mr. Chidera Njoku, a native doctor, wanted after recovering 90 rounds of AK-47 rifle and human skull from his shrine.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike, who made this disclosure yesterday in Owerri, said that through community policing and whistleblowing, the police raided the shrine at Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of the state and made the recovery.


He said the Police were still trailing the suspect, who had been on the run since his shrine was raided, promising that he would soon be apprehended.

The Police Commissioner warned that Njoku, now on the police blacklist, should not be harboured by anybody, but called for useful information that will lead to his arrest.

Catholic priest rescued from kidnapper

In another development, Rev. Fr. Charles Nwachukwu, who was rescued from his abductors by the command, has narrated his ordeal while in captivity.

Rev Fr. Nwachukwu said that he was made speechless, helpless and traumatised for two days before he was rescued.

Nwachukwu was kidnapped on June 16 by four armed men in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State and was rescued two days later.

According to him, “I was in transit along Umuokpo Agbaja in Nwangele Local Government Area when four armed men abducted me at gunpoint.

“My experience with the kidnappers was terrible and it will remain in my mind; I am yet to recover from the shock.”

Nwachukwu said the gang demanded for N100 million as ransom, but later withdrew N500,000 from an ATM card in his custody.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, Ezike, said the victim was rescued in Umuokpo Forest, Nwagele Local Government Area.

He added that when the issue was reported, some policemen were mobilised from the Command, who went after the bandits and rescued the man unhurt.

His words: “The Police have gone digital and it is now almost impossible to carry out kidnapping successfully in Imo.

“Our value system has died; I see it as a sacrilege for anybody to think of kidnapping a priest.”

One of the suspects, Chinedu Odoemena, confessed to the crime, but implored the government to give him a second chance.


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