‘Kid­nap­pers of Angli­can bishop col­lected N10m ran­som’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court

Three men sus­pected to have been in­volved in the kid­nap of the Angli­can Arch Bishop in the Niger Delta re­gion, Ig­natius Kat­tey and his wife last year have been ar­raigned be­fore a Port Har­court Mag­is­trate’s Court by the state Di­rec­tor of State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice (DSS) Aboki Nyan.

The sus­pects, Chibueze Nwaogba, Onyedikachi Em­manuel Okoro and Philip Chikaodiri Og­buewu, on Septem­ber 6, 2013, al­legedly kid­napped Bishop Kat­tey and his wife, Beatrice, at Aleto Bridge, Eleme, in Eleme Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state. The three are also sus­pected of be­ing be­hind se­ries of kid­nap­pings in the state.

Nyan said the ac­cused per­sons col­lected the sum of N10 mil­lion as ran­som be­fore re­leas­ing the arch­bishop.

The sus­pects, who are fac­ing a 17-count charge, were also said to have ab­ducted one Ukel Jerome Agba on Fe­braury 13, 2013, at Pipe­line in Aleto, Eleme.

It was gath­ered that N5 mil­lion was col­lected by the ac­cused per­sons be­fore Ukel re­gained free­dom.

In the same vein, the three men on Fe­bru­ary 15, last year, al­legedly kid­napped one Mrs. Anna Agba, also at Pipe­line. The sus­pects were said to have col­lected a ran­som of N3 mil­lion for her re­lease.

On De­cem­ber 12, 2012, the gang was said to have also kid­napped one Dr. La­sisi Ade­bukola at Ebube in Eleme, and col­lected N1 mil­lion for his re­lease.

How­ever, no plea was taken, as the Chief Mag­is­trate, I. Agbe­sor, or­dered that they should be re­manded in prison cus­tody be­cause the court lacked ju­ris­dic­tion to hear the mat­ter.

He di­rected that their case file should be re­ferred to the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tion (DPP) for le­gal ad­vice. The case has been ad­journed till Septem­ber 1, 2014.

PHOTO: NEMA

Re­lief ma­te­ri­als be­ing dis­trib­uted by Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency to dis­placed per­sons in Maiduguri yes­ter­day.

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