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INSECURITY: Benue Police confirm release of kidnapped CEO of Tito Group, arrest 5 suspects

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…As Ebonyi Police rescue victim, arrest another kidnap suspect***

Police in Benue on Monday confirmed the release of the kidnapped Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tito Group, Chief Isaac Akinkumi and the arrest of five suspects in Makurdi.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene, made this disclosure in a statement in Makurdi.

Chief Akinkumi was kidnapped on July 24 at his Kanshio residence in Makurdi, the State Capital.

Anene stated that the Command had also arrested five suspects and recovered arms in connection with the crime.

“As part of efforts to rescue Chief Isaac Akinkumi, from his abductors and apprehend the kidnappers, the Command deployed a team of investigators to rescue the captive.

“During the investigation, five suspects were arrested in connection with the case and one locally made pistol loaded with six rounds of ammunition were recovered from them. The investigation is still in progress.

“The captive was released today 27/7/2020 at about 0100hrs and has since been reunited with his family,” she said.

According to her, the CP strongly condemned the incident and assured friends and family members of the victim that the perpetrators would be brought to book.

She quoted the CP as urging members of the public who have information about criminals in the State to avail same to the Police for easy investigation and the safety of the state.

Tito Group are producers of Tito yoghurt and owners of Tito Restaurant, which is one of the biggest eateries in Benue and Nasarawa States.

In another development, the Police Command in Ebonyi says it has rescued the remaining victim and arrested another kidnap suspect in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah, made this known on Monday in Abakaliki.

The command had on July 26 said that it had killed two kidnap suspects and arrested three others who engaged its operative in gun battle in two separate kidnap cases.

In one of the cases, three businessmen from Enugu State were kidnapped by village executives of Ezzagu community in Ishielu LGA of the state where they came for business.

Odah, however, said that the remaining victim, rescued was a female, saying she was held hostage by the kidnappers.

She said that one of the male victims’, an immediate younger brother to the female victim, was forced at gun point to rape his sister.

She noted that the suspects inflicted injury on the female victim’s private part by using iron rod, stick to insert inside her private part.

“We have rescued the remaining victim been held hostage in Ezzagu forest and arrested another suspect, making a total of four suspects arrested so far.

“Those suspects raped her and also used iron rod and stick inside her private part.

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“The suspects took the law into their hands because they alleged that they defrauded through a ponzi scheme.

“The community is even condemning the act of their men for engaging in such evil practice and demanding ransom because of what they are accusing them of,” Odah said.

The police spokesperson assured that the case was being investigated to ensure justice.

She said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Philip Maku, would ensure that justice prevailed in the case.


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