Nigeria Police kill notorious kidnapper, Vampire, who escaped from court

Vampire Henry Chibueze [Photo Credit: NAN]

The police said Thursday they had killed a dreaded kidnap-for-ransom kingpin, Henry Chibueze, notoriously known as “Vampire”, in Omu Awa forest, Ikwerre Local Government Area in Rivers state.

Police Spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said Mr. Chibueze was killed by the police special forces, led by the I-G’s Intelligence Response Team at 1 a.m. on Thursday.

He said five suspected members of the gang were also arrested and cache of arms and ammunition recovered from them.

The force spokesman said the gang had been responsible for so many kidnappings and robbery attacks in Imo, Abia, Rivers, Delta and other states in the South-East and South-South.

He said the arrested members of the gang would be presented to journalists and charged to court on completion of investigation.

Mr. Chibueze was the criminal rescued away by his gang members on January 27 in the premises of an Owerri High Court.

He was arrested in 2015 and had been in prison custody following the kidnap of the wife of a government official.

Mr. Chibueze, who was brought to the court along with other arrested suspects, escaped when gunmen in a sports utility vehicle that had been parked at the premises opened fire immediately he disembarked from the prison van.

The kidnapper was then spirited away by the gunmen, leaving five prisons officials and some bystanders wounded by the gunfire. Two other suspects were taken along with him.

The public relations officer of Prisons, James Madugba, said the accomplices had been mistaken for operatives of the State Security Services (SSS), hence no alarm was raised when they were spotted at the court.

Mr. Chibueze, who was paraded by the SSS before the state governor in 2015, admitted to having carried out several kidnappings in the state and beyond before his arrest.

After Mr. Chibueze’s escape in January, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state announced a N5 million bounty for information that would lead to his arrest.


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  • Abdullah Musa

    We pray Allah strengthens and protects our security operatives.

  • amazing2012

    Christian criminal !

  • Odogwu_Aganaga

    when are the police going to do something about their accomplices within their ranks and even officer cadre?–those who provide weapons and useful info to the bad guys for a fee??? nigeria is a joke. “all we know is that every policeman is a thief . . . constable joe we know you steal a cow from jumbo’s farm . . . .” lord kitchener on nigeria police

    • Holly

      Maybe, and i guess you are either a kidnapper, a relation to a kidnapper or a sympathizer of criminality. That’s why you didn’t see any reason to comment the police for the great job…..killing a vampire.