The police in Imo state have arrested 27 year old Oluchukwu Chukwuma aka Romeo, a course representative at the Ezeala College of Nursing Science, Okwudo in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, for allegedly arranging for his classmate, Ikechukwu Ezeala, to be kidnapped and possibly killed.
Disclosing this to newsmen, the spokesperson of the state police command, ASP Henry Okoye, said investigation showed that on February 3, Oluchukwu lured Ezeala, to Oforola in Owerri West LGA of Imo State where he and other members of his criminal gang had concluded plans to kidnap the victim.
Okoye said when the victim and Oluchukwu Chukwuma arrived at Avu junction along Owerri/Port-Harcourt Road, Imo State, another gang member named Izuchukwu 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 Izuchukwu Onyewuchi.
“The hoodlums demanded ransom of Fifteen Million Naira (#15, 000, 000. 00), and later, the sum of Two Million Naira (#2, 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 (#1, 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 may have been murdered.
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