Suspected kidnap kingpin arrested after seven years.

By Abdullahi Zubeidah,

The Anambra State Police Command has arrested a suspected kidnap kingpin who had been on the run since 2015 after he was declared wanted.

The suspect, Mathew Edozieuno Nwankwo belong to a notorious kidnapping gang known for terrorizing the state while Governor Willie Obiano was still the governor.

Nwankwo allegedly ran away from the state when his gang members were arrested, only to show up again in the state recently, maybe with the mind that he is now at liberty to move freely in the state since the government of Obiano has ended.

However, following a tip-off by the state Police Command, Nwankwo was arrested at his village in Nteje, Oyi local government area in the early hours of Tuesday.

Nwankwo’s house and that of his gang members were initially demolished following their arrest.

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The leader of the team who carried out the demolition, Mr Joseph Agugoesi, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, gave the names of other gang members as Mr Solomon Chibuzor Morah, aka Mmili, and Hyacinth Chibudu whose houses were also demolished.

According to Agugoesi, the gang members were collecting a huge amount of money as ransom from their victims, He also stated that they once collected a ransom of N70 million from their victim before their arrest in 2015

The state Police Public Relations Officer Mr Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the arrest, said that the suspect is currently in police custody, while further investigation is ongoing.

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