The Anti-kidnapping Unit of the State Police Command has rescued a Catholic priest, Rev. Father Charles Nwachukwu,after spending two days in captive of Kidnappers.
The rescue came is even as the police discovered a human skull in a shrine in Umualulu in the Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of the state.
A police source told Southern City News on Tuesday that the priest was abducted by the kidnappers on June 16, 2017 at Amauzari in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state at about 8pm.
Confirming the breakthrough to our newsmen on Tuesday, the state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, disclosed that the victim was rescued in an Agbaja forest in the Nwangele LGA of the state on June 18.
Agbaja is where another kidnap kingpin, Henry Chibueze, popularly known as Vampire was killed in a gun duel with the police in Rivers State in February.
He gave the names of the suspected kidnappers as Ogadinma Ajonuma, Chinedu Odoemenam and Uzoma Mejuru, all from Agbaja community, where the priest was held in captivity for the two days.
Ezike said, “Rev. Father Charles Nwachukwu has been rescued unhurt. He was rescued on Saturday in a forest in Agbaja in the Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State. Three of the kidnappers were nabbed immediately.”
He said the Toyota SUV, gold colour, with the Registration Number, WER 334 NJ, which belongs to the Catholic Church priest was recovered by the police.
The CP stated that the priest had identified the suspects as his abductors, even as the suspects had equally made confessional statements.
He assured that the police would continue to make the state a difficult one for criminals.
Ezike said, “The victim has identified the three suspects. They have equally made confessional statements to us. Investigations are ongoing. We will charge them to the court. We will not rest on our oars until all the bad elements are flushed out of the state. Imo people have a right to enjoy our protection and that is what we are offering them.”
The Catholic Church priest said that his abductors had demanded N100m as ransom for his release, an amount he stated was beyond his reach.
He said the suspects later collected at gunpoint the code of his Automated Teller Machine card and withdrew about half a million naira.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )