THE Department of State Services, DSS, of Ebonyi State Command over the weekend paraded SIX persons suspected to be kidnappers.
The suspected kidnappers were those who allegedly abducted and
killed former Coordinator of Okposi Development Centre in
Ohaozara Local Government Area, Mr. Ihebunandu Okorie, in
The state Director of DSS, Mr. L. B. Baba, while parading the
suspects at the headquarters of the DSS, said they abducted the
council boss on March 16, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church,
Okposi in Ohaozara Local Government Area and later killed him at
Nguzu Edda forest.
He gave the names of the suspects as Ebere, 32; Odichimma, 30;
Chukwudi, 32; Amos, 23; Peter, 30 and Adamu, saying some of the
suspects also engaged in drug peddling, taking cocaine from
Brazil to some other West African countries.
Items recovered from the gang include three AK-47 rifles, 16
magazines, Honda IV Tech car with number plate, LAGOS FST 254
AE and ash colour Toyota Picnic with number plate LAGOS JJJ
777 PU used by the gang as mobile armoury.
Baba said one of the suspects, Ebere, a notorious cocaine dealer
from Edda in Ebonyi State, was arrested in Abia State when he
wanted to collect the ransom, adding that he owned two AK-47
rifles, while Odichimma from Abia State was arrested in Asaba,
Delta State in April and owned one AK-47 rifle.
The director also stated that Chukwudi from Umuozo in Abia State
was arrested in April in a Lagos hotel where he fled to after the
kidnap of late Okorie while Amos, who is from Ebonyi, the same
town with the deceased, brought the business and involved other
suspects. He was arrested in Ajegunle, also in Lagos.
He further stated that Peter, from Enugu Ukwu in Anambra State, a
panel beater who constructed the compartment under the Toyota
Picnic van used by the gang for movement of arms and
ammunition, bulk cash and cocaine was arrested in August while
Adamu from Kogi State contacted one of the suspects demanding
an AK-47 rifle to rob a company in PortHacourt.
The DSS boss further stated that the suspects had also featured in
other kidnap and robbery operations including the kidnap of one
Obaleye in Ilesa, Osun State in December 2013 where ransom of
N28.6 million was paid before the release of the victim while they
robbed a bank in February 2014 where they stole over N5 million.