The Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Imo State Police Command has arrested the alleged kidnappers of five members of the National Youth Service Corps.
The fresh graduates, who were kidnapped in the Umuapu area of the Owerri-Port Harcourt Expressway on October 23, were on their way to the NYSC orientation camps in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states before their vehicles was waylaid.
The policemen who were on duty around the area of the incident eventually rescued the victims the same day.
The state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, told our correspondent on Wednesday that the suspects had been arrested following an investigation that was launched into the incident.
The CP, who decried the abduction of the corps members who were traveling from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said the operatives of the command were activated to get the suspected kidnappers.
He said, “Apart from the kidnap of the corps members, the suspects have been involved in other kidnap, robbery and murder cases.
“Their names are Wisdom Nwobodo,22, from Ikwerre in Rivers State; Okoro Emenike, 20, from Apani in Ikwerre; Chukwu Wisdom,19, from Umuapu in Imo State; and two others.”
He said that the suspects were arrested on October 28 at Nkaraha junction on the Owerri-Port Harcourt Expressway.
Galadanchi said, “We nabbed the suspects with 16 different types of mobile phones, three different ATM cards, some charms, one television set, compact disc with two speakers, one red mask, one cheque book, and a small quantity of hemp.
“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to cultism, kidnapping and the killing of one Augustine Ejimebu 69, from Apani in Ikwerre in Rivers State.
“They also confessed to being responsible for the kidnap of the five corps members who were travelling to Rivers and Akwa Ibom States for the NYSC orientation programme.”
The CP who ascribed the breakthrough to the community policing strategies of the Inspector-General of Police which his command was implementing,said that the suspects would be prosecuted.