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Meet The Disabled Man Who Sells Weapons To Robbers And Kidnappers In Anambra

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He may be physically disabled but in matters of crime and criminality, he’s quite able-bodied, hardly allowing his physical disability to restrain him

His name is Christopher Edet Udoh. Before the operatives of Operation Puff Adder recently arrested him in Calabar, Cross River State, he ran a criminal enterprise, selling arms and ammunition to deadly armed robbers and kidnappers. Firearms such as AK-47 rifles, a pump-action gun, a locally made gun, double revolvers, ten empty shields of cartridges and nine machine guns were recovered from him, according to the Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, Mr Monday Bala Kuryas.

Most of his clients – armed robbers and kidnappers – came from Anambra State to buy their ammunition from him in Calabar.

For months, it was gathered, some suspected kidnappers had laid siege to communities in Anambra State, unleashing terror on residents. Recently, the Special Anti-Cultism Squad and the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Anambra State Police Command burst the hideout of the suspected armed robbers and kidnappers at Ngor/Obosi, Nnewi, Ogidi and the state capital, Awka. The operatives made a harvest of arrests, it was learnt. Over 20 suspected members of the cult group, Python and Vickings Confraternity that had kidnapped 10 victims and raped several female victims in their hideout were rounded up.

The police team also rescued six victims and recovered four police AK 47 rifles, pump action, 40 cartridges and other ammunition that had been stolen during the #EndSARS protest last year.

Two of the suspects, who sustained gunshot injuries on their legs, were 25-year-old Chiboy Ezike of Abagana in Njikpke Local Government Area of Anambra State and Chiemere Ajuchukwu, 23.

Besides taking ransoms from victims and raping women, the police boss said the suspects also stole money from their victims’ bank accounts using their ATM cards.

Speaking on the activities of the suspected robbers, Mr Kuryas said the gang had, in November/December 2020, kidnapped and robbed victims along the Awka/Enugu Highway and Onitsha/Owerri Highway before fleeing into the forest after sighting police operatives.

He recalled that in January this year, the same gang had stormed the Nnewi and Ogidi axis. There, they reportedly kidnapped two victims and demanded ransoms in millions of naira. But the anti-kidnapping team had spoilt their fun and rescued the victims.

Said the police boss: “On February 21, 2021, some other members of the same gang, one Blessing Uche Ukogu, 25, Debelt Chukwu Mbanugo, also 25, were arrested in their residential apartments at Oghalubu Okija where police operatives recovered police ammunition, two pump action, and 15 cartridges which were stolen from 3-3 Police Station during the #EndSARS protest.

“The following day, a member of the same gang, Ebuka Obaze, 22, of Ochuche, Umuodo in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, was arrested and the police recovered from him, a cut-to-size locally made double-barrel gun.

“Also, on February 24, the Anti-Cultism Squad raided various hideouts at Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State and arrested members of Python Confraternity who had robbed victims of their valuable items and raped female victims during their initiation at the forest in the Ogidi axis.”

He gave the names of the suspects as Duru David, 22; Ugochukwu Meniru, 20; Nwaoba Chukwudi, 20; Kalu Chukwudi, 18; and Nyala Oputa, 18. He said the police recovered a locally made pistol, magazines, charms and victims’ clothes from the suspects.

The police boss said some other members of the gang arrested include Paul Odukwe, 25, and John Obi, 19, from Ebonyi State. He alleged that they robbed female victims of their possession including telephones and raped them before their arrest along the Igbarian axis. The anti-kidnapping operatives, he said, recovered two pump actions, AK-47 rifles and four mobile phones from them.

“Also on March 2, about 9:30am, at Okpunoeze Unuagu Nnewi, one Ikechukwu Odoh, 25, of Ehamifu in  Isuzo Local Government Area of  Enugu State went into a compound to kidnap  Mary Odeh and her four-month-old baby, Success. The victim the raised alarm and started screaming, which attracted the attention of neighbours. The vigilante group assisted the police detectives and arrested the suspect,” the police boss said.

The victim, Mary Odeh, narrated her experience to SATURDAY SUN: “I was in the compound feeding my baby. I thought the kidnapper came to see somebody, but suddenly, he started dragging me with my baby inside the compound and he started calling the other gang members. I started screaming immediately, which prompted the neighbours to come out. He was arrested but his gang members escaped inside the bush.

CP Kuryas explained that most of the suspects procure their illegal weapons from Christopher Udoh Edet, the physically disabled man, in Calabar.

One of the suspects, Chiboy Ezeike told SATURDAY SUN: “We are a gang of 15 armed robbers and kidnappers. We kidnapped victims from Ogidi, Nnewi, and Awka and took them to our hideout. We collected between ransom of N500,000, N700,000 and N1million from the victims. We kidnapped ladies and raped them before their relatives brought the ransom. We also collected their ATM cards and withdrew money from their bank accounts.

“We were going for an operation at Ogidi and Nnewi in late February when we encountered police detectives. Two of us were arrested while the other gang members escaped.

“We were buying our arms and ammunition from Udoh Edet in Calabar. We were buying them for between N30,000 and N50,000. We have been patronising him for about one year. Sometimes, he rents out guns to us and we would return them after our operation.

Udoh Edet, in an interview with the reporter, said he was making arms to fight enemies of his community. His words: “I hail from Ibiono Local Government Area of Cross River State. I have been into manufacturing of firearms since five years ago. I manufacture arms to fight our enemies, especially in my community. I do manufacture the firearms and hand them over to our youths to fight their enemies. I started selling ammunition to criminals at cheap prices before the police raided my workshop and arrested me. They also collected the ammunition, they found in my workshop.”

One of the victims, Mr. Chika Emeka said: “I came to identify the kidnappers who abducted me. I was in their custody for two days. They demanded N2 million ransom. I was kidnapped at Nnewi before the police detectives came and rescued me from the kidnappers’ den. I was able to identify them. I thank the anti-kidnapping personnel for their prompt response. I didn’t pay any money to them. They bound me in my hands and legs and beat me into a state of coma.”

CP Kuryas said the command under his watch would continue to work assiduously until the crime rate in the state is reduced to the barest minimum.

“We need the cooperation of the public who are expected to report suspicious movements. The suspects would soon be charged to court,” the Anambra police boss said.

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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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