The Anambra State government has destroyed the kidnappers’ den in the Oba community, Idemmili South Local Government Area of the state.
In a statement by his Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, the Governor of Anambra State Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, said that the demolition occurred on Friday, June 10, after security operatives had established that the facility, an old bungalow was being used by criminals.
The statement read, “In his avowed determination to rid Anambra State of criminalities, Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s directive that all kidnappers and other criminal gangs’ hideouts be raided and buildings harboring them be destroyed, was effectively carried out in Oba, Idemili South local government area, on Friday, June 10, 2022,”
“Anambra State Joint Security Task Force conducted the demolition exercise which lasted more than five hours at the hideout of the notorious kidnappers, an old bungalow building at Oba, Idemili South Council Area.
“The hideout has earlier been raided recently, where exhibits such as locally-made pistol, shrine, charms, concoctions, Indian hemp, among other incriminating materials were recovered at the building with some arrests also made.”
The statement noted that DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, the state police command spokesman, had explained that his command received a distress call about the kidnap of two persons at Oko, and while on their trail, they learned that the gang had kidnapped two more persons at Ekwulobia. They were quickly pursued and tracked.
Police operatives working with the vigilante stormed the location, rescued the four victims, and arrested one Emeka who was suspected of complicity, according to Ikenga.
When interrogated, he confessed to the crime and led detectives to his gang’s hideout in Oba, where a shootout ensued.
The PPRO said a gang leader, one Chinedu Ajogu, AKA Sampolo were gunned down and five other persons including their native doctor were arrested for interrogation.
Addressing reporters at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Governor Soludo commended the efforts of the State Joint Security Task Force, saying the demolition exercise would serve as a deterrent to other criminals.
Soludo explained that it had been established that the building demolished at Oba was being used as a den for criminal activities, stressing that the government policy does not allow any criminality to reign in the state.
He warned that henceforth, in line with the law, criminals will have no place in any part of Anambra State, assuring that his government was fully determined to ensure that the state was safe for everyone and that people could move freely around without fear or molestation.