“Any building used for any form of crime or built with the proceeds of crime in the state must be demolished.”
The Police in Anambra on Tuesday demolished two structures belonging to suspected kidnappers in Ogidi and Ojoto communities in Idemili North and South Local Government Areas respectively.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Usman Gwary, on Tuesday led the demolition squad, accompanied by James Nwafor, the Commander of the state’s Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
Mr. Gwary said that the demolition followed the arrest and subsequent parade of 17 suspects before journalists.
“The suspects have kept about 14 kidnap victims while they have earned over N100 million through their victims.
“In line with the provisions of the law of Anambra State, the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has revoked the certificate of occupancy and has equally ordered its demolition.
“Any building used for any form of crime or built with the proceeds of crime in the state must be demolished,” Mr. Gwary said.
The paraded suspects were accused of kidnap, armed robbery, hijacking of goods and faking of vehicle number plates and licences.
The commissioner gave the names of three suspects as Ndubuisi Udokoro, Lawrence Nweze and Moredays Chukwuma.
“They were diverting trailer loads of toilet tissues, refrigerators and chemicals.
“Their modus operandi was to arrest the owners of such vehicles, tie them and blindfold them while they made away with their goods.”
According to him, two other persons dealing in ammunition, Chigozie Ezeora and Chukwudi Ugwu, were equally arrested with a large number of ammunition.
Also, Nnaemeka Ugonna and Onyeka Okoli were nabbed in Onitsha for alleged motorcycle robbery.
He said that five girls — Oluchukwu Yoko, Charity Ahue, Odo Maryann, Chukwueloka Chioma and Orji Chinelo — were involved in faking products.
He said the suspects were arrested in Nnewi on June 15, where they specialised in producing fake new vehicle number plates and licenses of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC.