Police in Rivers arrest 7 suspected kidnappers

Kidnap suspects in Rivers state

The police in Rivers State have arrested a man named Mitchell Tamuno, alleged to be a kidnap kingpin.

The police command, according to information it posted, Thursday, on Facebook, said Mr. Tamuno who is from Abam, Okirika Local Government Area, was arrested on Wednesday around 4a.m, alongside five other members of his gang.

The police said Tamuno and his gang have confessed to kidnapping a 14-year-old girl, Charity Ikirigo, of Federal Government College, Abuloma, on April 18.

The girl was later rescued by the Anti-Kidnapping Squad in the state.

They gang also confessed to being behind several kidnappings in Abuloma and Okirika, the police said.

The police said it also raided a hideout at Azuboko Ama, off Abuloma Road in Port Harcourt, around 5a.m on Monday, and arrested another suspected kidnapper, Iyalla Appolos.

The police described Mr. Appolos as a “dangerous kidnapper” who led a seven-man kidnapping gang that operated around Abuloma and its environs.

“He was arrested on the basis of confession of another kingpin in detention,” the police said. “Two AK 47 rifles, one hundred and seventy rounds of 7.62 live ammunition and four magazines were recovered from him.”

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