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Imo State Police Arrest Deadly Kidnap Syndicate Linked to Retired Major General’s Murder


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The Imo State Police Command has arrested a deadly kidnap syndicate allegedly responsible for the abduction and murder of retired Major General Richard Duru in September 2023.

The suspects were paraded at the command headquarters in Owerri, the Imo state capital, along with 32 other suspected criminals involved in various crimes across the state. Henry Okoye, the command’s Public Relations Officer, attributed the successful outcome of the arrests to the proactive operational strategies adopted by the command in combating violent crimes and related offenses in the state.

Okoye disclosed that one of the notable achievements of the command was the arrest of the killers of Major General Richard Duru, Rtd. The retired officer was kidnapped along Bishops Court, Area 7, Orji/Uratta Owerri in his black Mercedes and later killed after his family paid a ransom of $50,000.

He further explained that the operatives of the anti-kidnapping unit of the command conducted a sustained follow-up of intelligence gathering, which led to the apprehension of the gang leader and other members of the terror group involved in the crime.

The Police Public Relations Officer also revealed that one of the suspects, Chukwunonso Emmanuel from Idemili North LGA, Anambra State, was arrested in Lagos while trying to obtain a new number plate for the general’s Mercedes Benz car. This arrest subsequently led to the capture of two other members of the gang, Okoroigwe Goodness and Innocent Ogu, who confessed to the crime.

Okoye emphasized that over the past two months, the command had recorded significant achievements in its efforts against crime and criminality in the state. A total of 435 suspects were arrested for various criminal offenses including murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, terrorism, advance fee fraud, cultism, stealing, and receiving stolen property.

“A total of 48 different firearms and 552 various calibres of live ammunition were recovered in the course of intelligence-led operations, continuous raids of suspected criminal hideouts, and painstaking investigations during which 13 kidnapped victims were rescued unhurt and 10 snatched vehicles were recovered,” he said.

He commended the operatives of the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit, led by CSP Oladimeji Odeyeyiwa, for their proactive efforts in apprehending the suspected criminals who have been terrorizing the state.

He assured that under the leadership of Commissioner of Police Danjuma Aboki, the command will not relent in its fight against banditry and all forms of criminality in the state.


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