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How ‘confused’ policeman allegedly let kidnap suspects escape in Enugu


Inspector General of Police

A mistake by a policeman attached to the Isi-Uzo Divisional Police Station, Ikem in Enugu, Enugu State has reportedly foiled the potential arrest of two wanted kidnappers on Wednesday.

WuzupNigeria reports that the suspected kidnappers were wanted in connection with the abduction of a lawyer, two businessmen and a Catholic Reverend Sister returning from a burial on the Nike-Ugwogo-Nsukka Road last Friday.

The kidnappers contacted the victims’ families and demanded N5m as ransom for each abductee.

Three of the victims were reportedly released on Monday after payment of an undisclosed sum paid as ransom. But one of the businessmen, Mr Anayo Ukwu, whose family could not raise the amount demanded remained in the kidnappers’ captivity.

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WuzupNigeria later gathered that the other Mr Ukwu was released after a ransom was paid on Wednesday.

However, according to a report by The Punch Newspapers, the two suspects were at a checkpoint in front of the Isi-Uzo Divisional Police Station, Ikem on Wednesday and huge sums of money suspected to be the ransom collected from the victims’ families were found on them.

The suspects were said to be riding on a motorcycle when they were flagged down at a checkpoint in front of the police station with a Ghana-Must-Go bag filled with huge sums of money and with some of the cash strapped to their bodies.

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An eyewitness at Ikem narrated that the two men rode on a bike from Ugwogo to the Ikem junction, where they took another motorcycle to Eha-Amufu but were stopped at the checkpoint for a search.

The eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said,

“In the process, the policeman on duty at the checkpoint discovered that the men had so much money in the bag and money was also strapped to their bodies. The policeman was confused and went to call his boss inside the station.

“Before he could come back, the men had run into the bush with the money, but they were pursued across the Ebonyi River and up to the Umuaram community, where they were almost caught, but escaped with blood drops.”

Neighbourhood watch officers, who spoke with our correspondent on the incident, said that the police had been searching for the motorcyclist, who conveyed the suspects.

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When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdurrahman, and the Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, did not take their calls.

Also, they had yet to respond to text messages sent to their verifiable mobile phone numbers.