Anambra Demolishes Church Over Kidnapping Activities

ANAMBRA 3The Anambra State government has demolished a fake church  located at Umuobi Awkuzu, in Oyi local government area of the state. 

The pastor of the said church, Ifeanyi Nwezeagu, is believed to have kidnapped many innocent citizens and collected ransom worth millions of naira.

According to reports, two buildings belonging to Pastor Ifeanyi Nwezeagu of Unchangeable God Ministry, were demolished on the orders of the State Government for kidnapping.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Olafimihan Adeoye, said the fake pastor, who claimed to cure mentally challenged persons, had kidnapped a lot of innocent citizens collecting huge ransoms. He was arrested in Lagos State in 2013, and wounded after attempting to resist arrest.

Reacting to the event, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, said that his administration was winning the war against kidnappers and armed robbers in the state and would continue to empower the Police, and the Joint Security Operation with the necessary communication equipment and patrol vehicles.

The demolition team also pulled down two buildings in the family compound of the Nwadikes of Obinetiti Dusogu village, Awkuzu, the buildings belonged to a daughter of the family married to someone from another village.

Baby Igboanugo, as she is popularly called, has been on the run but in the last few years had been in contact with a kidnap gang and had incarcerated over 15 victims in the house and collected over 80 million naira as ransom.

The Police and the Joint Security Operation has, through their intelligence prowess, effected major arrests of kidnappers, including the arrest of suspects that kidnapped the younger brother of a legislator in the State House of Assembly as well as Nigeria’s midfielder Mikel Obi’s father.

While commending the security operatives, the State Governor expressed confidence in his resolve to win the war against criminals.

The Police also paraded 14 suspects involved in inter-state criminal activities with specialties like kidnapping, armed robbery and forgery. They were paraded at the headquarters of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) at Awkuzu

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Emeka Chukwuemeka, several arms and ammunition including rocket launchers, live cartridges and AK-47 rifles were also recovered.

Two Active Kidnap Dens Demolished In Anambra

kidnappers denTwo active kidnap dens have been demolished by the Police in Anambra State at Odida-Ogidi and Ire-Ojoto in Idemili North and South Local Government areas of the state.

Leading the demolition squad, the State Commissioner of Police, Usman Gwary, said that the kidnap den in Ogidi, a rented bungalow, have fetched the suspected kidnappers over 100million Naira and has housed over twelve victims.

The den in Ire Ojoto, however, has been used to keep over 30 victims and during a search in the house on arrival, two bags of Indian hemp were recovered.

The police, alongside two kidnap suspects took the press to the two active kidnap hideouts.

The Odida-Ogidi kidnap den was indeed a haven as the bushy and isolated location made it easy for the kidnappers’ sinister operation. Various items including food, furniture and electrical appliances were recovered from the rented three bedroom bungalow depicting constant habitation of the house.

The Commissioner of Police, Usman Gwary, stated that according to the law of the state, the Governor has given his express approval for the demolition of the building while the right of occupancy by the owner revoked.

At Ire-Ojoto was a building which had been built since October 1963 by late Chief Edwin Okigbo. It was pulled down as it was proved beyond doubt that the building in the last few years had been turned into a very active kidnap den.

While the villagers watched from a distant, a family member and chairman of the community vigilante group, Mr. Paul Okigbo, expressed surprise at the development but still maintained that the law must take its full course if the story told about the house being a kidnap den was true.

In a similar development at the headquarters of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in Awkuzu, 17 suspects were paraded amongst whom were 5 female suspects who were arrested for number plate forgery as well as forgery of all kinds of motorcycle particulars and documents.

The male suspects were arrested for mostly armed robbery in which a 3-man gang amongst them was notorious for diverting goods from unsuspecting heavy duty truck drivers on the major highways. All the arrests were made in one week.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Emeka Chukwuemeka, showed the State Commissioner of Police, who arrived at the SARS office, some of the goods recovered from the suspects. He also gave details of the arrest.

The brigade’s attack on criminals, according to the State Commissioner of Police, would continue until the state is rid of kidnapping, armed robbery and all forms of criminal activities.

Anambra Police Gun Down Six Kidnap Suspects

Six kidnap suspects have been gunned down at Azia, Ihiala local Government Area of Anambra state as they tried to escape with their victim.  

Addressing newsmen at the headquarters of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Awkuzu, the state Police Public Relations officer, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka, narrated the story of the kidnap suspects who kidnapped one Mr. Sunday Okoye from Awka and were headed for the neighboring Delta state when luck ran out of them as they encountered the men of the Anambra state police command.

The suspects, a six man gang, opened fire on the police and in the gun duel that lasted for about five hours, four of them lost their lives.

The kidnap victim however sustained minor bullet injuries and is presently receiving treatment in a hospital.

Two of the remaining kidnaps suspects arrested alive also later gave up the ghost due to severe gunshot wounds.

Mr. Chukwuemeka also revealed that the notorious gang was responsible for the death of one Deputy Superintendent of Police and sector commander of Central Police Station, Onitsha, Mr. Emma Ochiobi, who was gunned down in a mechanic workshop this year.

Three other unlucky victims kidnapped by this same gang since December last year have not been seen till present.

The Anambra state police spokesman also revealed that dangerous weapons recovered from the kidnap suspects includes three AK47 rifles, 36 magazines and 446 rounds of AK ammunition.

Anambra Police Arrests Robbers, Rapists And Assasins

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Anambra state have arrested three gangs terrorizing some areas of the state.

The gangs were operating in the Nnewi, Awka, Aniocha and Orumba local government areas of the state.

The three gangs arrested separately and paraded at the Headquarters of SARS in Awkuzu, Anambra state,were alleged to be specialists in armed robbery, assassination and rape.

Addressing journalists, the Anambra state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka said the suspects who are 16 in number, while one lost his life during a gun battle with the police, have been terrorizing Onitsha, Nawfia, Enugwu-agidi, Agulu, Awka, Nnewi, Oko and Awgbu.

The arrest, according to him, will bring respite to people living in those areas.

Some of the suspects admitted their involvement in armed robbery and other crimes while others denied.