Enugu: 5 arrested after collecting N10m ransom from 4 kidnap victims

Operatives of Enugu state Police command have arrested five suspected kidnappers and car snatchers after collecting ransom from four kidnap victims in the state.

The suspects are Egbo Michael, 32, of Umuedeachi-Amechi in Enugu South L.G.A; Patrick Tochukwu Onwurah, 37, of Umunze in Urumba South LGA of Anambra state; Mazi Chukwuebuka, 29, of Lokpaukwu in Umunneochi L.G.A. of Abia state; Ndubuisi Akanonu, 48, of Ezinachi in Okigwe L.G.A. of Imo state, and Nwadi Obinna, 43, of Lokpanta Ezemekwu in Umunneochi LGA of Abia state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Kanayo Uzuegbu, who paraded the suspects before the media, the suspects and cohorts at large perpetrated several acts of kidnapping, armed robbery, and car snatching in different locations of the Enugu metropolis.

The CP disclosed that the suspects were arrested in January and in different locations of Abia, Anambra, Enugu, and Imo states for conspiring with others at large to perpetrate multiple acts of kidnapping, armed robbery, and car snatching.

He noted that the ongoing investigations revealed that the suspects obtained ransom sums totalling about ten million naira (N10, 000,000.00) from four victims, whose vehicles were also snatched and sold between October and December 2023.

While noting that further discreet investigation was ongoing, Uzuegbu disclosed that exhibits so far recovered from them included: one ash-coloured Toyota Corolla, one red-coloured Toyota Venza, one coloured ash-coloured Toyota Camry 2.4 model, and a black-coloured Toyota Camry (Spider) car.

He said the suspects will be arraigned in court once investigations are concluded.