Kid­napped Mopol Com­man­der: Po­lice ar­rest dis­missed cop, 4 oth­ers

Sunday Trust - - NEWS -

The po­lice have ar­rested a for­mer Re­cruit and four oth­ers for al­legedly kid­nap­ping ASP Solomon Aniefiok, the Unit Com­man­der of Mopol 55, based in Aba, Abia State.

The gang also col­lected an undis­closed ran­som, be­fore the po­lice of­fi­cer was freed, it was gath­ered.

A source close to the In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice In­tel­li­gence Re­sponse Team (IRT) con­firmed the ar­rest to news­men in La­gos, on Fri­day.

The source said the sus­pects were ar­rested on Fri­day, stress­ing that they kid­napped the of­fi­cer on Jan­uary 14, while con­duct­ing a check on his men on duty.

It was gath­ered that the sus­pects sud­denly blocked and kid­napped the of­fi­cer us­ing AK-47 ri­fles.

“He was even­tu­ally re­leased three days later af­ter ran­som was paid,’’ the source said.

Irked by the de­vel­op­ment, the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, (IGP) Ibrahim Idris was said to have de­ployed the In­tel­li­gence Re­sponse Team to Abia.

“Based on the IGP’s di­rec­tive, one of the best IRT teams was de­ployed and af­ter six days of un­re­lent­ing fol­low up, five of the kid­nap­pers were ar­rested alive and one died dur­ing a gun bat­tle with IRT op­er­a­tives,” the source said.

It was fur­ther gath­ered that one of the sus­pects and ring leader of the kid­nap­ping gang was a re­cruit dis­missed in 2006. (NAN)

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