Police Kill Kidnap Kingpin, Arrest Others In Anambra

Police Kill Kidnap Kingpin, Arrest Others In Anambra

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Anambra State Police Command has killed a kidnap kingpin and arrested some members of the gang in their hideout at Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area.

The kingpin, identified as Chinedu Ajogu (aka Sampolo), was said to have been terrorizing the state with his criminal gangs.

Confirming the development, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga said the operation was based on the arrest of one of the gang members identified as Emeka.

Ikenga said Emeka led the police team to their hideout at Oba in Idemili South Local Government Area.

“Based on intelligence gathered which indicated the location of a kidnap victim in Neni town in Anaocha Local Government Area, police operatives working with vigilante stormed the location on Sunday and rescued the victim. They arrested one Emeka who was suspected of complicity in the crime.

“Upon interrogation, he confessed to the crime and led detectives to the hideout of the other gang members in Oba, Idemili South where detectives engaged the gangsters in a shootout.

“The gang leader, one Chinedu Ajogu (aka Sampolo) was gunned down and five others including their native doctors were arrested.

‘‘Among the items recovered were one SMG rifle, one berretta pistol, two locally-made revolver pistols, one dagger, one Biafran flag, two pairs of ESN flags, two pairs of ESN uniforms, two web belts, two berets, assorted charms and one Acura SUV snatched from a victim”, Ikenga said.

The police spokesman, who informed that four of the kidnapped victims were rescued, added that their ages range from 40-60 years.

He added that the suspects, including a native doctor, arrested in connection with the killing of a lawmaker, are currently in custody and are being interrogated with a view to extracting more information on their involvement in previous crimes.

“More suspects are being arrested in connection with criminal activities and killings in the state and very soon, the police will unveil them to the public after investigations have been concluded”, he said.

The police also confirmed the burning down of a vigilante van at Nkpor junction where some hoodlums had attacked some men of the vigilante team late on Sunday.

“The hoodlums, while fleeing from the police came across a van parked by the vigilante team at Nkpor. The hoodlums thought it was a police van and they shot the fuel tank area of the vehicle and it caught fire”, Ikenga said.

He added that a manhunt has been launched by all security agencies in the country to apprehend those behind the heinous act.

“Those who attacked innocent people worshipping in the house of God are enemies. They are nothing more than cowardly savages and animals.

“I can assure however that the entire security system is on the trail of the enemies that sneaked in on us to wreak this havoc. We are on their trail, they will be apprehended and made to pay dearly for this unprovoked attack”.


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