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Anambra Police bursts Ogidi kidnap gang, detains woman leader, 2 others

Written by Maritime First

…As Katsina Police Command impounds 320 motorcycles, convicts 186 defaulters***

A woman led gang of kidnappers has been taken down by the Anambra Police Command, with three members already arrested, after abducting a 14 year old girl and rapping her severally.

Arrested by the Police Command were the 24 year old woman leader, Pauline Elechi, and two accomplices, 23 year old Onyemechi Aniobi and 25 year old Elochukwu Okudo. A source said one person was still at large.

The Maritime First learnt the kidnapped teenager who was rescued on February 2, 2020 and allegedly defiled severally by the Suspects, had spent 27 days with them.

The Command’s Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) actually trailed them to their hideout in Ogidi and leaked them, at about 5:30pm.

Earlier, the gang had contacted the victim’s mother on 30/1/2020 through SMS and demanded for ransom of ten million Naira (N10,000,000) which was later reduced downward after much pleading by the mother.

“Suspects equally sent a first Bank  account number 3120904371 bearing one John Blessing to the victim’s parent to deposit the ransom”, the Anambra State Police Command, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed stated further, adding that the victim had now been taken to hospital for medical examination.

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In the meantime, unfolding indication shows that while Lagosians were rioting over police of less than 200 motorcycles, the Katsina Police Command has impounded 320 motorcycles as war against banditry intensifies in Katsina State.

The Katsina State Police Command spokesman, SP GAMBO ISAH who said the arrest and seizure of motorcycles became imperative, following the State Governor’s Executive Order, which banned Okada movement from 7pm to 6am.

“It has become imperative by the Command to set the records straight and update the good people of Katsina state on the progress so far made in the fight against crime and criminality in the state and the impact of various strategies taken to curb the menace of banditry in the state especially the ban on the movement of motorcycles across the state from 7:00PM to 6:00AM effective from 20th January, 2020 by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Katsina state”, the PPRO said, noting that 320 motorcycles were impounded while 186 suspects were charged to court and convicted, when 134 cases were still under investigation.


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