Gabriel Enenche —
Benue State Police Command, Monday said the abductors of the released Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Ekpe Ogbu, have been arrested, along with other suspected kidnappers. Mr. Ogbu was kidnapped and released after some days, last year.
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In a statement released by the Commissioner Of Police, Benue State, Cp Wale Abass, and signed by Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Sp. Catherine Anene, the Commissioner had ordered the deployment of tactical teams to the southern part of the state to address kidnap syndicates grouping in the area.
“As a result of this deployment, men of Operation Zenda Joint Task Force, (JTF) trailed and arrested the following persons in connection with the case of Kidnap that happened on 4/12/2022 involving the Commissioner for Housing/ Urban Development, Hon. Anthony Ogbu and other kidnap incidents reported in the area, the statement said.
“They include one Mohammed Usman Omachoko, who specialized in preparing protection charms for kidnappers, David Ejembi, Aondongu Akighir a k a “Too Proud” and Teryima Peter”, it added.
The Commissioner said they were arrested while on their way to purchase guns for the group.
He also added that further investigation led to the arrest of nine other gang members, revealing that two locally made Baretta pistol loaded with 10 rounds of 9mm ammunition were recovered from the suspects who have also confessed to the crime.