Anambra Vigilante Leader Arrested over Alleged Kidnapping

…Four AK-47 Rifles Recovered from Suspect

By Ikeugonna Eleke

Security operatives in Anambra State have apprehended one of the vigilante leaders in the state for alleged involvement in kidnapping, with four AK -47 rifles recovered in the backyard of his house located in one of the popular communities in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state.

Fides gathered that the vigilante boss had been instrumental to the majority of kidnappings around his area in the recent times.

According to a source who spoke with Fides last Thursday, the security operatives, based on a tip off, stormed the suspect’s compound on Tuesday and arrested him.

‘It was a shock to him. He has made enough money through kidnappings. Sometimes he collects as low as 1.5 to 2million Naira to free his victims.

‘Those AK-47 rifles were hidden in a thick banana plantation at the back of his house. Our people are being kidnapped almost on daily basis without knowing that our vigilante leader was behind them.

‘Our God has exposed himthe security operatives, based on a tip off, stormed the suspect’s compound on Tuesday and arrested him. and it has shown that nothing lasts forever. As we speak, he’s with the security operatives and some of his gang members are equally being picked,’ the source said.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, told Fides that he had not received the report.

He however said that security operatives had been on the trail of criminal elements in the state for some time now and that such operations would continue until Anambra State was fully recovered from criminal elements.

Three Killed As Range Rover Rams into Newspaper Stand

Three persons, including a school teacher, were killed when a Range Rover SUV with Reg. No. Delta EFR 940–TT, rammed into a popular newspaper stand at Iyara Roundabout, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

The tragic incident occurred on Saturday evening, July 16, when the driver of the ill-fated vehicle tried to negotiate the roundabout at high speed.

An eyewitness said thethree persons killed were reading newspapers at the stand, adding that one other person was injured in the accident.

It was further gathered that the driver sustained serious injuries but two other occupants, both girls, were unhurt.

Meanwhile, the late school teacher has been identified as Mr. Mike Oritsetemeyin.