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How I masterminded abduction of three bank managers, got N15m share of ransoms – Driver

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Five suspected members of a notorious kidnapping gang allegedly responsible for the recent abduction of three managers of Zenith Bank PLC in Delta State have been arrested by operatives of the Force Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

The arrested suspects, who gang was said to have received a ransom of more than N50 million in foreign currencies, include Owes Okpaka, Lawrence Kevwe Egagah, Victor Dominic, Usobotie Sylvester and Alex Okoun.

A source said they were arrested after operatives of the IRT got information about their activities from one of their victims, Daniel Imani, the manager of the Warri Urobo College Branch of Zenith Bank, who was abducted on his way home by members of the gang on October 5, 2020 and a ransom of N15 million was eventually paid for his release.

The source further disclosed that after Imani was kidnapped and released, members of the gang  went on to kidnap  two other managers of the bank, identified simply as Mrs. Zowa, a manager of the Ogonu Warri branch, and one Mrs Isioma, the manager of the Effurun branch.

A total sum of N35 million was said to have been paid to the kidnappers as ransom in foreign currencies before the two victims were released.

Operatives of the IRT who swung into action after Imani’s complaint were said to have discovered that the kidnapping of the bank managers was masterminded by Okpaka, an employee of the bank.

Okpaka, a driver with the bank in Delta State, allegedly gave information about his senior colleagues, who he knew could afford huge sums as ransoms.

He was also alleged to have trailed his victims to their homes and gave out information about their movements to members of his gang.

For his efforts, he got a total sum of N15 million as his share of the ransom.

 

Upon his arrest, however, he made confessions that aided the arrest of four other members of the gang, including an ex-militant who had taken part in several bank robberies and vandalisation of oil pipelines.

In his confessional statement, Okpaka said: “I am a native of Ubogo community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State. I am a graduate of  Oghara Polytechnic, Delta State.

“I was working at the Ogonu branch of Zenith Bank as a driver until I resigned from the job in January this year. I was arrested because I masterminded the kidnapping of three of colleagues.

“My gang members include Victor and Kevwe, but I do not know the names of the remaining ones. I was the person that brought the three kidnapping jobs involving Zenith Bank staffs.

“The first person we kidnapped was one Daniel. I was the person that monitored his movements and gave out his location to my gang members. Daniel is the Zenith Bank manager for the Urobo College Branch in Warri, and we kidnapped him sometime in October, 2020. I do not know the type of gun that was used for his kidnapping.

“He was kept in our custody for one week, but I do not know who negotiated the ransom. I also do not know how much was paid as ransom. But the ransom was paid in dollars and my own share was also given to me in dollars. When I converted it to naira, it was N2.5 million.

The second kidnapping was that of a woman called Mrs. Zowa, a staff of Zenith Bank at the Ogonu Branch, Warri.  I was the one that gave out information about the woman to my gang members.

“I cannot remember the exact month that we kidnapped her, but it was Victor and I  that planned the operation.

“Victor also brought two other boys for the job and we kidnapped the woman along PTI Junction, Warri.

“Victor was the one who negotiated the ransom I do not know the exact amount that was paid, but the money came in dollars.  I also got the sum of N2.5 million as my own share.

“The woman was kept in our custody for one week before her ransom was paid.

“The third kidnapping that I carried out with my gang members was that of Mrs. Isioma, also a manager of Zenith Bank, Effurun Branch.

“I was also the one that arranged her kidnapping while Victor kept her in his house. But I was part of the ransom negotiation.

“We agreed on N20 million and I got N10 million as my share. I use my Toyota Corolla car to go and pick up the ransom. It was the last kidnapping I did before I was arrested.”

Narrating his role, Victor Dominic Ovo, a native of Oghara,  Sapelle Local Government Area, Delta State, said: “I was arrested in my house at Oghara. I did not know why I was arrested until I got to the police station.

The reason the police arrested me was my involvement in kidnapping. We are five in our gang. We used one pump action gun loaded with live cartridges and one  AK47 riffle loaded with one magazine containing 10 -15 live ammunition. We also used a black Mercedes C-Class with glass and another Mercedes E-Class car. The cars belong to Kevwe and I.

“My kidnapping gang members include Owes, Kevwe, Chuks, Didi and Lucky. We have a member, Owes, who usually brought the jobs.

“I was involved in three different kidnapping cases between October 2020 and February 2021.

“The first operation was in October, 2020 when we kidnapped a man that Owes gave us information about.

“On our way back after kidnapping the man, Kevwe ordered us to come down from the vehicle so he could take the victim to his camp. But it was Kewve and I that negotiated for the ransom.

“We bought a small phone and used our victim’s SIM card on the new phone for the negotiations. After much negotiation, the victim’s family paid us the sum of N15 million in dollars. It was Kevwe and I that went to pick up the ransom. I got N1.6 mllion as my own share of the ransom.

“The second kidnapping job that Owes brought was a woman. After we kidnapped her, I took her to my house at Oghara and called her people for ransom negotiations. The sum of N15 million was agreed, to be paid in dollars.

But after we received the money in dollars, we discovered that it was actually N12 million that was paid.

“It was Owes and I that negotiated the ransom, and we were also the ones that collected the ransom. We used Owes’ Corolla car and I got N1.6 million.

“I use part of the ransoms I collected from kidnapping to pay debts.

“Apart from kidnapping, I have also been involved in armed robbery in Ondo and other Southwest states. It was Kevwe and one Monday, who is now late, that usually organised the robbery operations.

“We usually arm ourselves with guns and cutlasses, and our targets are motorists.

“I have gone for several robbery operations, and at the time I was arrested, some live ammunition was recovered in my house.

“I am also into cyber crime. I am aware that kidnapping is a serious offence.”

On his part, Lawrence Kevwe Egagah, a native of Ekrami community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, said he was shot in the leg when he tried to escape when the police came for him.

Egagah said: “I was arrested on March, 11, 2021in my house at Agbaro area of Delta State.  When the policemen came, they introduced themselves as police officers. I got shot when I tried to escape and I was taken to the hospital.

“I knew why the police came looking for me. I took part in the bank managers’ kidnapping, and my friend, Owes, who I have known in the last 10 years as a bank driver, brought the jobs.

“He was the person that sold the idea to me. He said his bosses could pay us up to N10 million if we kidnapped them.

“We called one Victor a.k.a Papa and informed him about the plans. Victor accepted and brought two of his friends, making us five in number.

“We used my E-class Mercedes Benz car and Victor’s red coloured Jetta car for the operations.

“I later called one of my friends known as Sylvester and requested for his rifles. Sylvester directed me to Emmanuel who gave me one AK47 rifle and a pump-action gun, which we used for the operations.

“After I brought the guns, Victor took them into my Mercedes Benz, with the two boys that he brought. After a while, Victor brought our target, Mr. Daniel, into my vehicle blindfolded and I took our victim to my house at Agbaro area, where I kept him at the passage for four days.

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Breaking: Police, Vigilante Rescue 13 Kidnap Victims In Edo

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Thirteen kidnap victims have been rescued from a kidnapper’s den in the notorious Ahor axis of Benin bypass road, in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State.

The rescue operation which took place on Saturday was carried out by a combined team of men and officers of the State Police Command, local hunters and members of the Edo State Vigilante Security Network.

It was gathered that the victims were made up of two separate teams that were kidnapped on Thursday, with one set travelling from Lagos to Akwa Ibom state, and the other comprising persons travelling from Lagos to Onitsha, Anambra state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, while addressing journalists after the operation, said the Command deployed drones and were assisted by hunters and members of the Vigilante Security Network, set up by the state government.

He disclosed that the rescued victims have been taken to Magnus Eweka Police Cottage Hospital for thorough medical examinations before they would be handed over to the state government to assist them to proceed to their destinations.

According to him, “We used information provided to track the kidnappers. We took the courage to enter the forest. This is how we would proceed with the operations going forward.”

Ogbadu, who reassured that the Command would not relent in its quest to rid the state of kidnappers, added that the security operatives would henceforth carry out regular patrols and mount checkpoints along the road.

He, however, urged residents in communities along Ahor-Auchi road to provide relevant information about the activities of kidnappers to the authorities.

“We are going to carry out general combing of the area so that we can identify their camps.

“So far, we have identified up to 7 camps and we will make these camps visiting points so that they will not be able to come back.

“We are going to seek more information from these communities as these kidnappers come to the road to buy food and they interact with the people,” he said.

On his part, the Coordinator of the Edo State Community Vigilante Security Network, Mr Yusuf Haruna, said the success of the operation was a testament to what the state government was doing with the new security architecture in identifying and understanding behaviours of crime and criminality in the state.

“Crime is local, so we localised our architecture. We have chased the criminal elements away from the city to the suburbs and we are taking the war to them in the suburbs as well,” he added.

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Shocking: Mother Arrested And Investigated Over The Locking Her Baby In Wardrobe

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A mother in Russia is under investigation for attempted murder after she allegedly locked her emaciated ‘unwanted’ baby inside a wardrobe.

 

Mother being investigated for attempted murder after locking her emaciated

There were fears for the baby Polina’s life when she was discovered starving and haggard.

 

The baby’s 13-year-old brother Matvey secretly went against their mother, Yulia Zykova, 38, to feed her, if not the baby won’t have been found alive.

 

When Polina was five months old she was found hidden in a duffle bag inside a wardrobe by a family friend.

 

Mother being investigated for attempted murder after locking her emaciated

The baby girl’s pictures caused shock around the country and prosecutors wondered if the mum was psychologically okay.

Zykova has since been declared ‘sane’ after psychiatric evaluation and is now under investigation for ‘attempted murder’ and ‘cruelty’. She is facing up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

 

Polina is said to have now fully recovered from the ordeal in time for her first birthday, and is set to be put up for adoption.

 

Mother being investigated for attempted murder after locking her emaciated

When the news first broke in Russia,  Zykova’s estranged husband failed a lie detector test on a TV show when asked if he had raped Zykova leading to an unwanted pregnancy as initial reports said the mother had neglected an ‘unwanted baby’.

 

Mother being investigated for attempted murder after locking her emaciated

A TV show host confronted Yulia’s estranged husband Andrey Zykov, 39, and subjected him to a lie detector test, over media allegations that he raped his wife after leaving her for another woman.

This led to the unwanted pregnancy, according to Channel One TV show ‘Na Samom Dele’ or ‘Actually’.

Asked whether he raped his estranged wife after a row, he first told TV viewers: ‘Yes, that’s true.’

Then he said: ‘No, it was not rape. I did not understand your question.’

He voluntarily underwent a polygraph test on TV, and was asked again if he raped his wife leading to the unwanted child.

He replied: ‘No,’, but the polygraph operator said: ‘It’s a lie.’

Matvey, another child of the couple also told the same TV show that their mother had not told him that the baby was his sister, but said Polina was a friend’s baby.

He then revealed he had to feef her with baby mix and sometimes milk, despite his mother ordering him not to speak about the child or feed the child,  he said.

Latest pictures shared by Polina’s carer Ekaterina shows she has regained weight and reports say she has now marked her first birthday in a state orphanage in Russian city Yekaterinburg.

 

Ekaterina said Polina now plays with other children, adding: ‘She is inquisitive, cheerful, almost does not cry.’

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Two Men Arrested For Beating Up A Man To Death In Warri

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The Delta State Police Command has arrested two men for allegedly beating a man to death over N3000 and phone theft.

 

Spokesperson of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday, May 7, said the suspects, Efe Lucky and Ramson Akpojibu, were arrested in Warri.

 

Edafe said the suspects confessed that they, along with three other persons beat the victim identified simply as Christian, to death over allegation of stealing their three thousand naira (N3,000.00) and phones.

 

“On the 3/5/2021 at about 1430hrs, information was received from a distress call that a good Samaritan reported that one Efe Lucky and Ramson Akpojibu both ‘m’ of Ughoton community Okpe LGA brought a patient Christian ‘m’ Surname unknown, to Moving Star Clinic Warri, as soon he was certified dead,” he stated.

 

“The duo with bloodstains on their clothes was about to abscond. The DPO Orerokpe Division deployed a detective to the clinic, the corpse was viewed and signs of violence were seen on the body of the deceased. The corpse was photographed and deposited at Orerokpe General Hospital mortuary.

 

“The police arrested the two suspects Efe Lucky ‘m’ and Ramson Akpojibu ‘m’, and the premises of the suspects were searched, blood stained cutlass, hammer and blood soaked towel were recovered.

 

“They confessed that they were five in number the beat up the deceased to death over allegation of stealing their three thousand naira (N3,000.00) and phones. Effort is on to arrest the three other suspects.”

 

The spokesperson said that the State Police Commissioner has ordered that the case be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

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