The suspects were arrested at Ugwuaji forest, Enugu State by men of the state police anti-kidnapping squad after abducting several victims along Enugu/Port Harcourt road.
The men of the underworld were also said to operate a camp in Akwuke forest where they keep some of their victims. They were also accused of operating at Ndude Seminary where they have allegedly kidnapped over 10 Rev. Fathers, who were taken to their Ugwaji forest camp.
The suspects in custody include Haruna Ibrahim (27), Abubakar Abdullahi (37), Sunday Selbon Melven (27), Onyedika Okafor (25), Lawal Sule (28), Bello Mohammed (29), Bello Musa Shehu (25). They were said to hail from Sokoto, Kebbi, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Plateau and Enugu State.
“Based on several petitions on the activities of the suspects, I had to order the commander anti-kidnapping squad, Supol Alex Akinlalu who led his men to round up the kidnappers on March 19, at the Ugwuaji forest.
One of the suspects, Haruna Ibrahim told Saturday Sun: “We have two groups in Enugu State. We only collect ransom from the family of our victims, we don’t kill people.”
Speaking further on their exploits, the suspect said “We have kidnapped a Rev Father at 9th mile and took him to Ugwuaji forest where he spent just two days after we collected N250,000 from him. Also, we kidnapped a pastor at Obiorre Udi old road and collected a ransom of N150,000.
Another suspect, Bello Mohammed stated: “Our Owu group took a bus passenger into Ugwuaji forest and collected N200,000 from him before we released him.”
The state police commissioner, CP Adamu assured that the suspects will soon be charged to court.