…recover arms, ammunition
By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA – THE Police have announced the arrest of three persons suspected to have been involved in the kidnap of the Channel Television’s staff, Mr Friday Okeregbe on March 22.
The police, in a statement Sunday morning by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said its investigation revealed that the journalist,who was kidnapped at Lugbe area of the Federal Capital Territory,Abuja, was not the original target of the kidnappers.
The Police said it recovered from the kidnappers,a locally made revolver gun, three live AK47 ammunitions, a battle axe, phones and masks with which they blindfold their victims.
“Effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large,”it said.
The full statement read thus:”In line with the IGP’s stated commitment to curb all forms of crimes and criminality, especially incidences of kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country, Police Operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder, acting on intelligence report, on 9th April, 2019 at about 6:30am arrested three notorious persons involved in the kidnap of Channels Television’s staff, Mr. Friday Okeregbe.
“The suspects: Hanniel Patrick ‘m’ 29years from Akwa Ibom State, Abdulwahab Isah ‘m’ 28years and Salisu Mohammed ‘M’ 32years both from Kogi State have made useful statement to the Police.
“Meanwhile, investigation reveals that Mr. Friday Okeregbe was not originally the intended target of the vicious criminals.
“However, on that fateful day, 22nd March, 2019, at 07:45PM, he was kidnapped when the kidnappers saw him parking his vehicle at a location in Lugbe, Abuja. Investigation further reveals that the victim was taken to the kidnappers’ den somewhere in Karimo, Abuja and kept incommunicado afterwards.
“The Police have also recovered from the kidnappers a locally made revolver gun, three live AK47 ammunitions, a battle axe, phones and masks with which they blindfold their victims. Effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large.
“Meanwhile, the IGP has reassured the general public that the Police and other security agencies are doing everything humanly possible to tame the challenges of kidnapping and other heinous crimes across the country.
“He however enjoins them to always avail the Police with useful information that will help in realizing these objectives.”