The police have arrested a gang that carries out kidnapping in Enugu, Imo and Abia states, collecting millions of Naira in ransom.
A leader of a kidnap gang paraded by the police put up a mild drama during the week, narrating how he punished a gang member, Ifeanyi Sylvanus, for raping one of their female victims.
For flouting ‘the ethics’ of the gang, the ringleader, Maduabuchi Amamba aka Commander, said he deducted N40,000 from Sylvanus’ ransom share as a punishment.
Amamba and Sylvanus were among 16 suspects apprehended by men of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team headed by DCP Abba Kyari.
The suspects are Nwazuoke Ijima, aka SS, Eze Chikwe aka Afo, Chinoso Amadi, Chimeremueze Benson, aka Atuma, Ugochukwu Uzoma, David Nweke aka Rugged and Ikechukwu Erondu.
Others are Abraham Nna, Chijioke Azuka, Ugochukwu Obi aka Muchocho, Iwejo Chibuna, Ohasonu Sunday, Nwachukwu Stanley and Godswill Ihemere, aka Ojaba.
Five cars and 10 mobile phones belonging to their victims as well as an Ak-47 rifle, a pump-action gun, five locally-made pistols and cartridges, were reportedly recovered from them.
It was gathered that the gang had camps in the Osisioma Local Government Area of Abia State, where they kept those they kidnapped while negotiation with family members went on.
The IRT detectives were said to have swooped on them following petitions to the IG, Mohammed Adamu. Amamba told the police that he participated in several kidnappings, including the abduction of a reverend father whom they freed after collecting N400,000 ransom