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Security Operatives Arrest Suspected Member Of Kidnap Gang In Southeast Nigeria

The suspect was picked up in Enugu state, Southeast Nigeria, after he was seen robbing the resident of an estate.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says its operatives have arrested an accomplice of a kidnap gang in Ugwu-Aji community in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State, Southeast Nigeria.

According to a Daily Trust report, the suspect who was identified by Danny Manuel, Spokesperson of the NSCDC as Oguchi Oguamanam, confessed to being a member of a kidnap gang based in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.

Manuel said the suspect was arrested by operatives of the corps who were on patrol at WTC Estate in Enugu at about 2 p.m. (WAT) on Thursday, Sept. 30, after some students saw him rob a resident with a pistol.

But he had claimed to be revenging a robbery attack on his person by “some group of boys in the same estate,” according to the NSCDC spokesperson. 

“On interrogation, the suspect admitted to be working with a criminal gang based in Lagos,” Manuel said. 

“He revealed that the gang usually pays money into his account which he will withdraw and pay into whatever account they send to him and therein take his own percentage.”

The operatives who arrested the suspect recovered three ATM cards, two mobile phones, a pistol, a wrap of substance suspected to be cannabis, among other things.

The NSCDC through its spokesperson assured residents in the state of its readiness to work with other security agencies to ensure that their lives and properties are safe.


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