On Sunday, January 14, ASP Solomon Aniefiok, went on a visiting round to check his men in the field as the Unit Commander 55PMF.

He was suddenly blocked and kidnapped by AK47 rifle carrying gunmen but was eventually released three days later after ransom was paid.

Irked by the development, IGP Ibrahim Idris deployed his Intelligence Response Team (IRT) to Abia state to get the kidnappers to justice.

After six days of unrelenting follow up, five of the kidnappers were arrested and one suspect met his waterloo during a gun battle with the IRT operatives.

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Exhibits recovered are one AK47 rifle with S/no 56-2550382 with two magazines and 60 live ammunitions, with one Barretta service pistol of the Mopol Unit Commander.

They also recovered one local made pistol and two cartridges, one police bullet proof jacket, one police vest, two head warmers, one Mopol jungle cap etc.

Among the kidnappers arrested is Ifeanyi Stanley Ekpelulor aka One-Man Squad.

He is the 36-year-old leader of the gang and a dismissed recruit who was dismissed during Police training in 2006.

He confessed to three kidnap operations in Abia State.

Others are John Alozie aka Alagboso (26), Ogbonna Wesley (31), Eze Obinna, a 22-year-old male and Eze Orji, a 58-year-old male.

Also arrested was Osioma Paul, wife to a kidnapper now in prison and sister in-law to the gang leader, Ifeanyi Stanley.

She was arrested for keeping the operational rifles and ammunition for the kidnappers in her house.

Police say serious efforts to arrest the few remaining gang members are in progress.


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