An unidentified kidnap kingpin has reportedly threatened to attack the location of the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit in Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State if security operatives in the area continued to mount pressure on him to release 15 passengers abducted by his men.
The leader of the kidnap gang, had also through a message to the Commander of the IGP Monitoring Unit, Ben Igwe, warned that he would kill him (Igwe) and members of his family.
It was gathered that the threat, which was issued on Wednesday, did not deter Igwe, who led a team that rescued seven of the kidnap victims, including a naval officer on Wednesday.
City Round learnt that men of the unit had arrested some members of the kidnap gang, a development that was said to have infuriated the leader of the gang, who promised to fight back.
But Igwe, who spoke to our correspondent on Friday, explained that he would not be deterred by the kidnapper’s threat.
He said, “After the threat, my team rescued seven kidnap victims, including a naval officer, in the bush on Wednesday in Ubima. Why should I be worried when a criminal threatens me? I heard that he sent a message across; my people told me about the threat. He actually asked people to warn me and that he will kill me if I do not desist.”
Fifteen passengers, including a pregnant woman, were kidnapped on March 3, 2019, along Ubima/Omerelu area in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Sources said that some of the victims were still held captive, even after the payment of ransom by their family members.