A three-man kidnap syndicate notorious for terrorizing people of the state and its neighbours has been smashed by men of Department of State Services, DSS, Imo State command.
Also arrested with the gang were two women who are currently helping the police in investigations.
Parading the suspects before newsmen yesterday at the DSS command headquarters, Owerri, the state Director, Francis Ejiofor gave the names of the nabbed suspects as Henry Chimezie, a.k.a Vampire, Akim Bello, a runaway soldier who escaped from Boko Haram area and served as driver to the gang and one Dan Onyegide, a native doctor.
Eijofor disclosed that the kingpin, Vampire, was arrested at Ohafia in Abia State in the house of his elder brother alongside his wife and a nurse that treated him.
According to him, the gang leader had escaped from arrest when he attempted to kidnap the tribunal judges at Disney Hotel, Owerri but the operation failed and he escaped with bullet wounds.
Ejiofor recalled that his men began trailing Vampire immediately he escaped with bullet wounds and eventually caught him, following reliable tip off.
The Imo DSS boss hinted that the syndicate had been involved in several kidnapping operations both in and outside the state before luck ran out of him.
Reacting to the feat by the DSS in Imo in arresting the syndicate, Governor Rochas Okorocha commended the command and other security agencies in the state for their effort in securing lives and property in the state.
When interviewed, Henry Chimezie, 28, who hailed from Nwangele LGA of Imo State said he was the last born of his parents whom he alleged never took care of him.
He revealed that he had spent five years in the kidnapping business and confessed to having kidnapped four persons since he joined the business.

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