Police in Ebonyi State have arrested three persons for allegedly kidnapping the Afikpo Zonal Manager of Nigerian Brewery Limited, Mr. Kehinde Baruwa.
They have also freed the victim who was held captive for days in Abia State.
Baruwa was kidnapped on September 11, 2015 at about 2:49 p.m. at the entrance to his street, off Ndibe Beach Road Afikpo North Local Government Area, Ebonyi State.
The suspected kidnappers were identified as Gabriel Ibiam Otta of Afikpo LGA of Ebonyi; Tochukwu Okezie of Ubakala Umuahia in Abia and Emeka Samson, who also hails from Ubakala in Umuahia of Abia State.
Parading the suspects on Friday, the state Commissioner of Police, Peace Ibekwe Abdallah, said that the kidnappers made contact with Baruwa’s wife two days after he was kidnapped and demanded for N50 million ransom.
She said after negotiation, the kidnappers brought the amount down to N300, 000 but at the point of collection of the ransom around Afikpo Government Secondary School, the anti-kidnapping team of the command who had taken over the scene arrested two members of the gang that came to collect the ransom.
Abdallah also disclosed that the suspects volunteered vital information to the police, which led to the successful rescue of the victim that was being held captive at Ubakala in Umuahia in Abia state.
She added that the successful rescue of the victim at the den of the kidnappers became possible through the effort of a combined team of Anti-kidnapping and Anti-robbery Squads of the command.
The freed victim has since been reunited with his family, while the suspects will be arraigned in court soon, according to the CP.
Also paraded was one Ogbonna Nweke, who allegedly attempted to rob a tricycle operator of his valuables when he was apprehended red handed with unlawful weapons by police patrol team following an alarm raised by the victim; while his gang member who perpetrated the act alongside him escaped and is still at large.
In an interview, the three-kidnap suspects and their robbery counterpart denied knowledge of the crime.
Items recovered from the suspects are: one locally made pistol and two double barrel locally made pistols with live cartridges in possession of the kidnap suspects while one locally made revolver pistol and two live 9mm ammunition belong to the robbery suspect.
The command also disclosed that Onwe Chibuzor of Amofia Ngbo in Ohaukwu and Ali Chibuike of Ezillo in Ishielu LGAs of Ebonyi state have also been arrested and charged to court for an alleged unlawful possession of dangerous and offensive weapons which include one AK-47 rifle with two magazines; 58 live ammunition; five rounds of K2 live ammunition; 12 rounds of live cartridges; four locally made single barrel guns; one pair of army camouflage boot; and six rounds of live AK47 ammunition.
The CP, therefore warned all criminal elements to keep off Ebonyi State or be ready to face the long arm of the law just as she vowed that the safety of the general public would be assured at all times as they go about their lawful business.
She further solicited the co-operation of the Ebonyi communities in giving timely information that will aid the police in preventing criminal acts especially during the ember months.

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