By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
Mrs Chimma Uchegbu, wife of Anglican priest in-charge of Emmanuel Anglican Church, Amumara Ezinihitte, Mbaise, was among the victims rescued unhurt from kidnappers in an isolated building at Amato, Amauzi, Aboh by operatives of the Imo State Police Command which smashed a kidnapping and child trafficking syndicate believed to have been responsible for many incidents of abductions in the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, who paraded the members of the syndicate, alongside other armed robbery suspects at the command headquarters in Owerri, said that his men were being extra vigilant with the oncoming Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Parading the suspects, Galadanchi said that in the first incident, one Anthony Etuk Matthew, 42yrs, of Esit Eket in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, was arrested for kidnapping one Atigoku Beatrice of Achara, Umuaka, Njaba Local Council of Imo State.
Among exhibits recovered from him was one navy blue colour Toyota Camry belonging to the victim and a gold ring.
He said that the suspect along with his gang members were picked up on October 4 by operatives of the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the Command in their hide-out at Esit Eket, adding that the suspects had made useful statements to the police and confessed to the crime and other kidnap cases within Njaba LGA and its environs which they committed.
Also paraded was a woman, Chidimma Odoemena, 34yrs, who was arrested for kidnapping three people.
The Police said that among items recovered from her, were One Franchi 500 No. R00630; One Mossberg 930 No. AF 026467; Two Locally made pistols; 16 live cartridges and one ash colour Sienna Car Reg. No. SMK 202 DH.
Galadanchi said that one child trafficker, Chioma Amadi, 32 years, of Umuawo, Elele in Ikwere LGA of Rivers State but resident in Alvan Shell Camp, Owerri, Imo state, was arrested, October 24, for trafficking a 2-year old child who was a pupil of Orji Town Primary School, Owerri North LGA.
He said that all the suspects would soon be arraigned in court.