A Lance Corporal in the Nigerian Army, Ojiegbe Obinna, has been arrested by the police in Ekwulobia, Aquata Local Government Area of Anambra State for alleged kidnapping.
The police also arrested two other suspected kidnappers in military uniform in Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
Their arrests was disclosed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, in Awka on Saturday, adding that the use of military uniform for kidnapping has become a new trend of crime in the state.
He said: “We enjoin the public to report any suspicious persons to the nearest police station or through the command’s emergency numbers.”
According to Mohammed, the army corporal and his accomplices kidnapped one Uchenna Ezeonu but the police trailed the kidnappers and apprehended them after receiving a distress call.
“There was a distress call along Isuofia road in the Aguata LGA of Anambra State that three persons in military uniform around Ekwulobia roundabout abducted one Uchenna Ezeonu of Omeke village and whisked him away to an unknown destination.
“Following the distress call police operatives, attached to Operation Puff Adder, in conjunction with joint patrol teams, rushed to the scene and cordoned off the entire area in search of the hoodlums along the bush path by Uyo-Eke market road.
“Consequently, three suspects in military attire, who abducted the victim, were rounded up inside the bush”, Mohammed said.
The police spokesperson, who gave the names of Obinna’s accomplices as Obasi Peter and Benjamin Nicholas, said the victim was rescued unhurt.
He also revealed that Obinna served with the Nigerian Army and deployed to 101 Special Forces Battalion, Maiduguri, Borno State.
“He was subsequently handed over to Onitsha Military Cantonment for discreet investigation while the remaining two suspects in military vest were discovered to be fake soldiers”, he added.
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