Five kidnap syndicates whose names were given as Muazu Awuta, aged 30, Abdullahi Abubakar, aged 32, Ezeru Sabo, aged 25, Saddam Suleiman, aged 27, and Bashir Yahaya, aged 28, all males, have been arrested by the Imo state Command’s Tactical Unit on Monday.
The police team led by the state Commissioner of Police, CP Aboki Danjuma, in synergy with some local hunters were said to have stormed the kidnappers’ hideout in a forest between Avu and Ihiagwa in Owerri-west LGA of Imo state and arrested the five suspects.
In a press statement signed by the Command’s Spokesman, Henry Okoye, and issued on Monday, the CP said the five suspects are currently undergoing investigation and had so far provided useful information to the police that will lead to the arrest of other syndicates at large.
The release reads, “On combing the forest, two decomposing unidentified corpses suspected to be kidnapped victims and other items like telephones, wristwatches, shoes, and slippers were recovered.
“The command intends to carry out further DNA confirmatory test to ascertain the identity of the deceased.
“Five operational motorcycles of the suspected kidnappers were also recovered.
“Intense operation is still ongoing in the forest and other identified black spots with the aim of stamping out all forms of crime and criminality in the State.”