How Suspected Kidnap Kingpin Was Arrested 7 Years After Manhunt – Police
Amember of a notorious kidnap gang Mathew Edozieuno Nwankwo has been arrested in Nteje, Oyi local government area of Anambra State.
The kidnap kingpin, who has been at large since 2015, had been terrorizing the state during the regime of former Governor Willie Obiano.
The suspect, who fled the state when his gang members were arrested, reportedly reappeared in the state thinking he could enjoy safe heaven since the then regime had passed.
His house was demolished together with that of his gang members at Nteje and Umueri respectively while he was on the run.
Leader of the team that carried out the demolition, Asst Police Commissioner Joseph Agugoesi who listed other gang members as Mr Solomon Morah, aka Mmili and Hyacinth Chibudu said their houses were also demolished.
“The gang members have been ripping off money as ransom to the tune of about #70 million from their victims before they were arrested,” he said.
The Nation gathered that the suspect was arrested at his country home by officers of the State Police Command at the wee hours of Tuesday following a tip off.
Confirming the arrest on Wednesday, Police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga said the suspect is currently in police custody, while investigations were ongoing.
He however said that it would be too hasty to make public the preliminary findings so as not to jeopardize investigations.
“The suspect(Matthew Cyril Nwankwo)is in custody and further development shall be completed”, he said.