…Recover arms and ammunition
Officers of the Nigerian Police Force have arrested three suspects in connection to the kidnap of Channels Television staff, Friday Okeregbe.
The police in a statement issued in Abuja by its spokesperson, Frank Mba, said it recovered some arms and ammunition from the suspects who are also giving useful information that could lead to further arrests.
According to Mba, Mr. Friday was not the major target of the operation, however, he fell victim when the kidnappers saw him parking his car at a location in Lugbe.
The statement reads in full:
“In line with the IGP’s stated commitment to curb all forms of crimes and criminality, especially incidences of kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country, Police Operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder, acting on intelligence report, on 9th April, 2019 at about 6:30 am arrested three (3) notorious persons involved in the kidnap of Channels Television’s staff, Mr. Friday Okeregbe.
“The suspects: Hanniel Patrick ‘m’ 29years from Akwa Ibom State, Abdulwahab Isah ‘m’ 28 years, and Salisu Mohammed ‘M’ 32years both from Kogi State have made useful statements to the Police.
“Meanwhile, investigation reveals that Mr. Friday Okeregbe was not originally the intended target of the vicious criminals. However, on that fateful day, 22nd March 2019, at 07:45 PM, he was kidnapped when the kidnappers saw him parking his vehicle at a location in Lugbe, Abuja. The investigation further reveals that the victim was taken to the kidnappers’ den somewhere in Karimo, Abuja and kept incommunicado afterward.
“The Police have also recovered from the kidnappers a locally made revolver gun, three (3) live AK47 ammunition, a battle axe, phones, and masks with which they blindfold their victims. Effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large.
“Meanwhile, the IGP has reassured the general public that the Police and other security agencies are doing everything humanly possible to tame the challenges of kidnapping and other heinous crimes across the Country. He, however, enjoins them to always avail the Police with useful information that will help in realizing these objectives.”
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