A kidnapper’s underground eight-bedroom den in a deserted building has been discovered by the Imo State Police Command, assisted by some vigilante members.
Channels Television reported on Saturday that the hideout, located
in Umuchima Village, Okwu Autonomous Community in Ikeduru
Local Government Area of Imo State, was used by suspected
kidnappers to harbour their victims.
The State Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, while parading
the suspects, explained that the underground hideout, with eight
bedrooms, was discovered through intelligence network and
collaboration of the vigilante men.
He said, “it took the police over three hours from Owerri, the state
capital, through the thick bush and untarred road to get to the
The villagers, who spoke to journalists, said they were neither
aware of the underground den nor the criminal activities that were
carried out in the compound until a kidnapped victim who escaped
from the dungeon in the middle of the night narrated his ordeal.
They explained that the statue in front of the building was that of
the owner of the building, one Mr. Simeon Mpieri, whom they
alleged had died since 1990.
The police commissioner further revealed that the buildings would
be confiscated and demolished. He also said the command would
do its best to rid the state of kidnapers.
In June, the state government had given directives that all
abandoned properties or uncompleted buildings would be taken
over by the government, in order to ensure that those places are
not turned to dens for criminals.