One of the kidnap victims died while in custody of her abductors.
The Enugu State Police Command has arrested a native doctor, Theophilus Attama, from Umuopu Umueze in Igboeze North Local Government Area for allegedly encouraging kidnapping and armed robbery.
Mr. Attama, also known as `Ejeje’, was nabbed on Christmas day by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) following the confessions of one Paschal Onah alias Achisa, a member of a kidnap gang.
A statement from the command’s spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, on Friday said Mr. Attama was among the native doctors implicated because of their role in crime perpetration and connivance.
The statement said Mr. Onah was arrested for his role in the kidnap of Adiza Ogbo, her subsequent death and her quick burial in his residence in a shallow grave after about one week of her abduction.
The suspect allegedly collected N300,000 from late Adiza Ogbo’s sons and relations to set her free from their net which was later discovered to be Onah’s house.
“Attama is one of the native doctors that prepared charm for the group for their operations for which they paid him N50,000 or more,” the police said.
The statement said the native doctor had revealed how a charm to compel kidnap victims’ relations to quickly agree to pay ransom demanded by the kidnappers was prepared.
It further revealed how he prepared charms against “accident and general protection” to avoid the kidnappers from being harmed and to escape from any form of danger.
The statement also said Mr. Attama was currently helping the police with further information about his role in the kidnap of a foreigner.
Late Adiza Ogbo was abducted and a ransom was demanded by her abductors before she allegedly died in their net, prompting them to bury her in a shallow grave inside the compound where she was kept.