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 Vigilante group arrests 10 suspected kidnappers in Rivers

Vigilante group arrests 10 suspected kidnappers in Rivers


A vigilante group in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State has arrested 10 suspected kidnappers.

The kidnappers were said to have been apprehended on Tuesday afternoon along the East West road in Ndele, Emohua Local Government Area of the state, where they mounted a road block.

Our correspondent learnt that the hoodlums were members of a cult group responsible for the kidnapping of travellers along the East West road within the area.

It was gathered that the vigilante group known as ONELGA Security Planning and Advisory Committee had disguised as passengers in a bus after they were stopped by the bandits.

Unaware that the occupants of the bus were members of the vigilante group, the hoodlums, who were relaxed during the operation, were all rounded up by the armed vigilantes.

A source revealed that the hoodlums were immediately taken away to Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, where they were paraded before the public.

The source, who is an indigene of the area, said, “They disguised as passengers in an unmarked vehicle. I guess the bus was travelling along East-West road.

“So, on getting to Ndele-Rumuji axis, they ran into a blockade mounted by suspected kidnappers. They were waylaid by the suspects. A shootout ensued and there and then, the gallant OSPAC overpowered the miscreants and apprehended 10 of them.”

Meanwhile, the OSPAC Chairman, Eze Goodluck Okoro, confirmed the arrest of the 10 suspected kidnappers, adding that the bandits had engaged his men in a fierce gun battle before they were apprehended.

He, however, disclosed that a member of the gang was arrested by his men on Wednesday, even as he maintained that those arrested would be used to get more members of the kidnap gang before they would be handed over to the police.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, told our correspondent that as a police command, he would not be able to make any official comment on the development (arrest of 10 suspected kidnappers by the local vigilante group).

In a related development, the Chairman of Emohua Local Government Area, Tom Aliezi, has dismissed claims in some quarters that he had placed former cultists, who dropped their weapons, on monthly stipends.

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