A 27-year-old student of Ezeala College of Nursing Science, Okwudo in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, Oluchukwu Chukwuma has been arrested for arranging for his classmate, lkechukwu Ezeala, to be kidnapped and possibly killed.
According to reports, Chukwuma who is also known as Romeo on February 3, 2023 cajoled Ezeala, to Oforola in Owerri West LGA of Imo State where he and other members of his criminal gang had planned to kidnap him.
Spokesperson of the state police command, ASP Henry Okoye, said when the victim and Chukwuma arrived at Avu junction along Owerri/Port-Harcourt Road, Imo State, another gang member named lzuchukwu Onyewuchi, came and picked the victim and Oluchukwu Chukwuma to Oforola bush where the victim was handed over to one Charles Chibueze Nnaji and the said lzuchukwu Onyewuchi.
“The hoodlums demanded ransom of Fifteen Million Naira (N15, 000,000. 00),and later,the sumof Two Million Naira (N2, 000,000. 00) was paid into a bank account number 6320856966 bearing Nwakuba Kingsley Osinanna on 14/02/2023.
“After payment of the ransom,an additional ransom of One Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,200,000.00) was equally paid on demand by the hoodlums at Oforola in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State. At the end of the payment, the victim was not released.” Okoye said.
Okoye added that the police tracked the phone number used for the demand of the ransom which led to the arrest of the suspects.
The police suspect that the victim might have been murdered.