Three suspected members of a kidnap gang have been arrested by the Rivers State Police Command.
The kidnap gang were said to have stopped leashing terror on the residents of Port Harcourt city and Rumuodogbo, in the Emohua Local Government Area of the state for some months now.
The suspects known as, Uzoma Amandi, Uburize Omesi and Onyekachi Amadi, were marshaled some weeks ago by personnel of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team.
The gang’s stunt was said to have caught the attention of the police after they beheaded five members of ONELGA Security Peace and Advisory Council, a local vigilance group.
After beheading the victims, the suspects, members of Icelander Confraternity, posted the dismembered body on social media.
It was reported that they would sneak into Rivers from Abia State, kidnap their victims, take them to their camp in Chuba area of the state and return to their base in Abia after collecting ransoms.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who was informed about the gang activities in October 2020 on the horrible killing of the vigilantes in Rumuodogbo community, directed the IRT led by DCP Abba Kyari to go after the criminals.
The suspects hail from Rumuodogbo but reside in Aba town, Abia State.
A police source stated that their targets were people driving flashy cars in cultivated neighbourhoods in Port Harcourt.
“They usually abandoned victims’ cars. They would transport their victims swiftly to their camp in a forest in Chuba. They accepted whatever they got as ransoms, released their victims and moved on to kidnap others.
“At the end of the week, they would return to Abia State where they all live with their families as ‘responsible’ men. The killing and beheading of the OSPAC vigilantes assisted the police to gather enough intelligence that led to the arrest of three members of the gang.”