Police Smash Kidnap Syndicate, Free Ekweremadu’s Relation, others

By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The Enugu State Police Command Wednesday smashed a notorious syndicate who have terrorised Enugu metropolis in the past two weeks with speciality in kidnapping and robbing innocent citizens of their valuables.
The syndicate reportedly kidnapped a relation of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Mrs. Jane Ekweremadu recently.
The gang made up of boys whose ages ranged from 16 and 21 years was said to have masterminded recent kidnapping cases in Enugu metropolis and other parts of the state.
The first set of two suspects said to be led by Etim Amos was said to be responsible for the kidnap of Mr John Abugu, a lawyer at his
residence, Mrs. Jane Ekweremadu at the agric bank junction, Mr Brooks Okwara at his residence as well as Mrs Sandra Onu along with her Honda CRV at the new haven area of the state.
The second set of three suspects led by Nonso Onyebuchi of Obeagu Awgu were said to have kidnapped Elder Chime Edwin, a UK returnee of
Obinagu Udi among others.
The State Commissioner of Police, Elochukwu Nwodibo, told reporters yesterday that Etim Amos and co were gunned down in a carefully
–planned operation at a point along Itu- Calabar road Uyo when they tried to escape.
“The gang leader, Etim Amos, who had been posing as a soldier and had an army cap on the dashboard of any car he used to deceive people, was gunned down alongside another gang member, one Otunre Nse. The Honda CRV belonging to Mrs. Sandra Onu with which she was abducted was recovered from them. Also recovered are guns, the handsets of victims, fake army ID card bearing CPl. Etim Henry Amos”, he said.
According to him, the second group, which had Collins Chime of Obinagu Udi, who happened to be a relation of the victim they kidnapped and Chukwudi Azemene of Umuoduma Aba, Abia state, kidnapped Chime Edwin on the first week of the month and whisked him away in a Volkswagen audi car car with registration number No. DWK 929 PP which they had earlier robbed from the owner at Umunede, Delta state.
Nwodibo said that the command would continue to do all in her ability to make the state safe for the residents, stressing that though a
ransom was paid for the release of the victims, they were made behind the police.