A couple identified as Mr and Mrs Onyekachi Alozie has been arrested for the alleged kidnap and killing of a 75-year- old man, Chief Precious Okoli.
The PUNCH reported that the suspects were paraded by the Imo State Police Command on Thursday.
According to the state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini, the couple and their gang members were arrested with three pump-action guns and seven live cartridges.
The CP said, “Following a kidnap incident of one Chief Okoli Precious, aged 75, on December 8, in Orlu, which was reported on December 11 by his son, Fabian Ubochi, it was suspected that he was murdered by his abductors.
“Sequel to the report, the command’s anti-kidnapping unit, through technical analysis of intelligence, was able to identify, locate and arrest one Agubata Maxwel Joel Chimezie and the victim’s ash-coloured vehicle was recovered from him. He had taken the car to a workshop to change the colour of the vehicle.
“On interrogation, he made confessional statements revealing how they kidnapped the victim and led police detectives to the house of his accomplice. On arrival at the house of the suspect, Onyekachi Alozie, he jumped down from a storey building and took to his heel, thus his wife, Oluchi Alozie, was arrested.
“On interrogation, she confessed to have featured prominently in lots of kidnapping incidents carried out by her husband and his syndicate. She further revealed that it was the husband who hatched the plan with his gang members to use her to lure the victim out of his house to a lonely place where he was kidnapped.
“It may interest you to know that Agubata Maxwell Joel Chimezie and Onyeka Alozie met each other in the Nigerian Correctional Service, Owerri, Imo State, where they were standing trials for criminal charges ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping and human trafficking, before the April 5, 2021 jailbreak, when they escaped, regrouped and formed a new syndicate of kidnapping and robbery.
“Again, in the course of our investigation it was revealed that Oluchi Alozie was having an affair with the kidnapped victim, Chief Precious Okoli, and her husband, Onyekachi Alozie, was aware and used her to lure him to her residence at Nkume in Njaba LGA of Imo State, and later, they moved to a lonely road, where her husband and his gang members came out of the bush, kidnapped him at gunpoint and sped off in his car to an unknown destination.”