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    Saturday, 17 November 2018

    Kidnap gang notorious for selling children nabbed by police

    It seems to be the end of the road for a gang of notorious kidnappers that specialises in the sale of children . It was gathered that the syndicate were nabbed by the men of the Inspector General of Police ’ s Special Intelligence Response Team .
    It was gathered that the suspects identified as Kenneth Anaba, Emmanuel Izuchukwu , Ikechukwu Ajagbu , Joshua Samuel, Emmanuel Azumara , Chinedu Samuel , Ukonu Anurika , Chidinma Okpara , Chimezie Okpara and Favour Christopher , were caught after members of the gang kidnapped a woman in September 2018 , in Aba , Abia State , and collected a ransom of $ 13 , 000 ( approximately N4 . 7 m at the official exchange rate of N363 to $ 1 ) from the hostage’ s relatives before she was released .
    Apparently , this act was their final straw as the Inspector General of Police , Ibrahim Idris, had received several complaints about the gang ’ s activities in the state . The IGP ordered operatives of the IRT headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police , Abba Kyari, to track down the suspects .
    A police source further told City Round that some members of the gang were part of a group of kidnappers that escaped from Abia State Police Command ’ s Criminal Investigation Department in 2017 .
    During their escape , they stole some police rifles and went on to form different dangerous kidnapping gangs across the state.
    City Round further gathered that following the IGP directives , IRT operatives stormed Abia State and they interacted with some kidnapped victims . They discovered that the leader of one of the gangs terrorising the state , Kenneth Anaba, was part of the group of the inmates who escaped from Abia State Police Command ’ s State Criminal Investigation Department with police rifles, in 2017 .
    The detectives learnt that Anaba’ s gang broke up and the other faction began to kidnap and sell little children .
    Anaba was trailed to his hideout at Ogbor Hill area of Abia State and he was arrested with the help of one of his girlfriends . Upon his arrest , an AK- 47 rifle belonging to the police was recovered from him and he confessed to have carried out several kidnappings in Abia State .
    Upon interrogation, the 29 - year- old revealed that he was arrested after his first operation as the vehicle which was snatched from the man they kidnapped was tracked to him .
    “ I was arrested early last year when some of my friends and I kidnapped a man with my car along Force Road and we took the man to our camp at Ogbor Hill , where he was for four days until a ransom of N500 , 000 was paid .
    “ My share of the money was N150 , 000 ; I also took possession of the man ’ s vehicle , a Toyota Highlander , which I took to a hotel around Ogbor Hill . The police tracked the vehicle to where I was and I was arrested . I was detained at State CID , Umuhia , and I led the police to arrest my friend known as Chikodi Akoma , who introduced me to kidnapping , ” he said .
    Revealing how he was able to escape with his cohort, the Anaba said , “ While we were in custody the gate of the cell was left open so we stole five police rifles and escaped . I went to Aba where I started robbing people with the guns we stole . ”
    He explained how he recruited his friends to join his notorious gang and they began rob in the state .

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