3 kidnap victims rescued from Anambra shrine, 7 suspects arrested

| February 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

A joint team of operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigerian Army have rescued three kidnap victims from a shrine in Anambra State. Alexander Okeiyi, Director of the SSS in the state, disclosed the information at a news briefing in Awka yesterday.

He said the victims, who were chained, were rescued in the shrine located in a forest in Umuobi village, Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area of the state.

He added that they were rescued from the hideout of the kidnappers led by Ifeanyi Nwaezeaga, a prophet operating the Unchangeable God Miracle Church beside the shrine. Those rescued, he said, were Solomon Okonkwo (33), Monday Osagie (50) and Udenwa Ikedibe (41).

The SSS director said the kidnappers had demanded from their families the sums of N20 million, N50 million and N10 million respectively for their release. His words: “Amaechi Oraekie, 35, from Awkuzu in Oyi local council area, who was allegedly taken to the shrine by his family members for elimination over land dispute, was also rescued.

Preliminary investigation showed that the gang was responsible for the kidnap of Rev. James Achugbu of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Umunachi in Dunukofia on February 2nd, 2013.”

Okeiyi also disclosed that a Nissan Sunny car with registration number AV 112 AWK belonging to another victim, Princewill Abian, who was released on February 20th,after payment of N100,000 ransom, was recovered. He said other items recovered were the prophet’s Nissan Jeep with registration number HAL 284 AA, four motorcycles, one generator, one dane gun and an international passport of a suspected kidnap victim.

Okeiyi further said that seven suspects, comprising five male and two female, tending to the kidnap victims were arrested during the rescue operation. He attributed the feat to the cordial working relationship among the various security apparatuses and commended Gov. Peter Obi for his commitment to ridding the state of criminal activities.

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