oto: Police Arrest Kidnapper's Wife To Negotiate Victim's Release
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January 30, 2016 ( Post 1 )
Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command have arrested the wife of a suspected kidnapper, Mrs. Mercy Okachi, over the abduction of a youth leader in the state.
Okachi was arrested at her residence in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area after a cash sum of N10 million being the ransom paid was traced to the house of her fleeing husband, Kendiri Okachi.
Surprisingly, Mrs. Okachi's arrest was used to negotiate the release of the kidnap victim (name withheld for security reason).
The police had reached out to the kidnappers, including Mrs. Okachi's husband, and asked them to free the youth leader for Mrs. Okachi to be released.
The youth leader, who was abducted on January 12, 2016 in Igwurita axis of Ikwerre LGA, eventually regained his freedom after staying in the forest for about eleven days.
Speaking with newsmen on the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad said that the N10 million ransom was tracked by the police to the home of one of the suspects that is currently at large.
Mohammad added that one AK-47 rifle and 14 rounds of live ammunition were also recovered from the residence of the fleeing kidnap suspect.
"The victim was abducted on January 12, 2016 in Igwurita by four armed men. Thereafter, kidnappers called family members and demanded for ransom. They (family of the victim) agreed to pay N10 million.
The state police spokesman maintained that the youth leader was freed without ransom, adding that the N10 million was retrieved based on the pressure from the police.
Speaking with newsmen, the wife of one of the kidnap suspects (Mrs. Okachi) said that her husband was not part of the kidnap deal, adding that he (her husband) only received ransom and kept it in the house.
Mrs. Okachi explained that she never knew the content of the bag until police came in and took the bag away while her husband took to his heels.
"We know we are poor, but we have been praying to God to make us rich. We deal in palm oil and we have been surviving on that since. The entire community knows me that I am always going to church to seek God's favour.
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