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Police Arrest Alleged Kidnap Kingpin after 7 Years of Manhunt

By Ikeugonna Eleke

Police in Anambra State, acting on a tip off, have arrested an alleged notorious kidnap kingpin, Mr Matthew Nwankwo, after being on his trail for seven years.

Nwankwo was arrested in his country home, Nteje in Oyi Local Government Area by officers of the command on Tuesday night.

Fides gathered that the suspect was a member of a notorious kidnap gang that terrorized the state during the regime of Governor Willie Obiano, before his gang members were arrested and he managed to escape.

He was said to have sneaked into the state, hoping to find refuge, especially as the Obiano government had elapsed.

A source told journalists that Nwankwo worked with other gang members, including Mr Solomon Chibuzor Morah, alias Mmili, and Hyacinth Chibudu.

‘Their houses were demolished according to the law of the state. They were, responsible for many kidnap cases and took ransom to the tune of about N70million from their victims before they were arrested.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Anambra State Police Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the arrest of the suspect, saying that he was in their custody, adding that further investigations were still ongoing.

Ikenga also said that it would be too hasty to make public the preliminary findings in order not to jeopardize further investigations.