The police in Enugu say the gang of eight has been connected to other kidnaps in the state.
The anti-kidnap squad of the police in Enugu State has arrested eight persons suspected to have kidnapped the Vice Chancellor of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Cyprian Onyeji.
A statement in Enugu on Wednesday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amarizu, said the suspects were arrested after a gun battle with the police at Safety Hotel, Uwani, at about 1.30 a.m.
Ms. Amarizu said the suspects have been linked to some kidnap activities in the South East and its environs. The statement said the suspects have given convincing insights about their role in the recent kidnap of Mr. Onyeji, as well as other incidents in the state.
She disclosed that a Volkswagen Vento car with registration number AQ 780 BRS, two riffles and five loaded magazines with 52 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the suspects.
“Following their arrest, they confessed that their gang leader and other members arrived from Port Harcourt,” she said.
The Enugu State police command appealed to the members of the public, particularly hospitals, to watch out for anybody with bullet injuries and to promptly report such for appropriate actions.
The statement commended the cooperation of other security agencies, the media and the public for providing useful information and assistance leading to the achievement.
It said the command would continue to partner with the citizens to eradicate crime from the state.