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Suspected kidnappers of Anglican priest, royal father arrested By Njideka Nwachukwu

Three men suspected to have master-minded the kidnap of an Anglican Priest and a traditional ruler in Imo State have been arrested by the state’s police command.

The men who were paraded recently in Owerri included the son of a traditional ruler in Onuimo Local Government Area.

Briefing newsmen as he took them round the suspect’s hideout in Arondizuogu, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Musa Katsina, said that the traditional ruler (names withheld) went into hiding after his son was arrested.

The commissioner gave the royal father 24 hours to turn himself in, saying that by allegedly hiding his son from police, he had exposed himself to suspicion as an accomplice.

“He escaped into the bush as soon as he sighted my men and he has not been seen since”, the CP told newsmen adding, “I am warning him to report himself to the nearest police station before the long arm of the law catches up with him”

The kidnap victim, Rev. Barnarbas Arinze of St. Michael’s Church, Amaozu Akpaoji Arondizuogu and Eze Josephat Aliebo of Njikoka Umulolo Okigwe were released on March 13 and March 27, 2013 respectively.

Eze Aliebo’s family, it was gathered, paid N2 million before his release.

CP  Katsina said that the police recovered one Toyota Corolla, one Toyota Rav 4, a Toyota Four-Runner and a Nissan Maxima Car from the suspects, one of whom, he said, is an ex-convict who served prison term for armed robbery.

He said the command had intensified efforts against anti-social elements in the state, adding that the combined efforts of the command’s special ambush squad and their expanded strategic partners in Anambra State made the arrests possible.

He further warned those who harbour or shield criminals to desist because they would be made to face the law as accomplices.

 

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