Amarachi Amadi aka Ishiegburumma a notorious kidnapper and the leader of a notorious kidnapping gang in the wanted list of the Imo state police command have been arrested alongside two members of his gang.
During the raid on his criminal hideout in the forest, the police also rescued a 45-year-old kidnap victim whose manhood was almost chopped off for failing to come up with the N1,700,000 ransom needed for his release.
CSP Michael Abattam, the public relations officer of Imo State Police Command made this known in a press statement released on the 1st September, 2022.
Abattam said the operation that led to the arrest of the kidnap kingpin was carried out In line with the directives of the Commissioner of Police, Imo Command, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde to step down the tide of terrorism and kidnapping in the State.
According to him, the CP directed the Command’s Tactical teams to collaborate with the vigilante groups of the various communities and embark on vigorous raids of all criminals hideouts in the forests.
The statement reads;
“The Command’s Operatives on 29/8/2022 at about 1230hours, after diligent gathering of information of identified terror camps in the State, raided a terror camp in the forest at Ohuba village in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.
“The hoodlums on sighting the police operatives immediately engaged them in a gun duel, but were overwhelmed by the superior fire power of the police, resulting in the arrest of one Amarachi Amadi aka Ishiegburumma ‘m’ aged 28 years, the leader of a notorious kidnapping gang, in the wanted list of the Command.
“He sustained bullet wounds during the gun battle while others escaped with bullet injuries into the forest.
“Operatives while combing the forest saw the kidnapped victim, Uzondu Ikeazuta ‘m’ aged 45 years, a native of Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, on chain. He was freed unhurt. In the same vein, recovered the following exhibits;
- i. One (1) Cut to Size Single Barrel Gun with six (6) rounds of live cartridges
- ii. One (1) locally made Double Barrel Short Gun.
- iii. One (1) Bus Imo with registration number WER 04 XB.
- iv. One (1) dagger
- v. One (1) ATM Card
- vi. Substances suspected to be Indian Hemp;
- vii. Airtel Recharge Cards
- viii. Assorted charms
- ix. Ropes used in tying their victims.
- x. Three (3) cell phones
“In the course of debriefing the victim, it was revealed that he was kidnapped by a five man armed gang, on the 28/8/2022 at about 1300 hours, at Imo Specialist Hospital junction Umuguma in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.
“While in their custody, he was subjected to inhuman tortures that, almost resulted in the cutting off his manhood for ritual purposes. That the kidnappers were demanding for a ransom of One Million Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,700,000.00) before he can be released from their captivity.
“The suspected notorious kidnapper, while undergoing interrogation, admitted being the Capone of the kidnapping syndicate and confessed to several kidnapping cases, but could remember vividly seven and how they beheaded one of their victim’s, Justice Ikechukwu Francis Okoroji on the 5th of January, 2020.
“His confession has led to the arrest of one Oriaku Lucky ‘m’ aged 26years of Umugologo Ohuba in Ohaji/Egbema LGA and Peace Victor Sunday ‘f’ aged 19years of Unah Eket in Akwa Ibom State.
“Investigation is in progress and the gallant operatives are not relenting in their efforts to arrest other members of the syndicate,” the statement reads.