…As NDLEA nabs 52 suspected drug traffickers in Niger***
The Police Command in Lagos State has arrested two men for alleged kidnap of one Mathew Isichei Chukwuebuka, 19, who was held in their custody for nine days.
The Lagos State Police Command’s Spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement, on Wednesday said the suspects were Thoa Akorede and Muhibudeen Akorede.
“On July 4 at about 12:16p.m., operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) followed up a petition referred to the Command by the Force Headquarters Abuja to Ibadan, Oyo State.
“The operatives acted on credible intelligence with the support of Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU) and arrested two suspects at Ibadan namely; Thoa Akorede and Muhibudeen Akorede.
“The victim, one Mathew Isichei Chukwuebuka; 19, was rescued. The victim has been in their custody for a period of nine days without food.
“In his statement, the victim stated that he was called through his phone, that he did not know how he got to Ibadan, that on arrival, he was given something from a black pot to eat.
“That he lost his senses and was ordered to surrender his phone to them and the phone was programmed to reject any incoming calls except the only line that they were demanding ransom.
“That they collected all the money in his possession and were demanding for more. He was taken to an ATM point where they withdrew the sum of N10, 000 from his account.
“They demanded the sum of N30 million to be paid into the victim’s bank account as ransom,’’ he said.
The PPRO added that the victim had since been reunited with his family.
In the meantime, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger Command, has arrested 52 suspected drug traffickers across the state with substances suspected to be cannabis sativa and psychotropic drugs.
The Commander of the agency in the state, Mrs Sylvia Egwunwoke, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Tuesday, that the arrests were made in the first half of year 2019.
“We have so far succeeded in convicting 27 persons while the remaining cases are pending at the courts.
“The agency will not relent in frustrating the activities of drug peddlers and traffickers in the state, and the nation at large,” Egwunwoke said.
She appealed to the public to always report any suspicious activity or individual to relevant authorities to enable the agency to rid the state of drug trafficking and its attendant crimes.
”We have reached out to traditional and religious leaders to mobilise residents to volunteer information on those engaging in illegal drug business in their neighbourhood,” the commander said.