OWERRI—Operatives of Imo Security Network, ISN, in collaboration with Imo Community Watch, ICW, have rescued an eight-year-old boy (names withheld), who was kidnapped by hoodlums.
The lucky boy has been reunited with his parents, while one of the kidnap suspects, who was nabbed by the security operatives, has been handed over to the police for investigation and possible prosecution.
Sources said the hapless little boy’s aunt, Ngozi Enebili, pleaded with one Emeka, to escort the innocent boy to school, but he later absconded with the boy.
It was gathered that the said Emeka, now on the run, after disappearing with the little boy, handed him over to one Chinedu Ogbuka, claiming that the boy was related to him.
Vanguard gathered that three days after the boy got missing, the gang of kidnappers made contact with the boy’s mother, Mrs. Happiness Enebili, and demanded N350,000 as ransom.
“Armed with the criminal demand, the anguished parents of the little boy, who live at Mmahu, in Ohaji/Egbema local council area of Imo State, quickly contacted the Imo Security Network”, a villager that spoke on condition of anonymity, recounted.
The villager claimed Chinedu Ogbuka was nabbed as he allegedly went to collect the ransom placed at the designated point by the parents of the boy.
It was also gathered that soon after the hoodlums and the boy’s parents agreed that the ransom should be placed at a designated location at Orsu Obodo, operatives of the Imo Security Network laid ambush close to the ransom point and nabbed Chinedu Ogbuka as he made for the money.
The villager disclosed that as soon as the suspect was nabbed, he quickly gave information as to the whereabouts of the missing boy.
“The security operatives quickly stormed the hideout, freed the little boy and reunited him with members of his family, but the alleged mastermind of the kidnap saga, Emeka, disappeared”, the villager recounted.
When the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, promised to make inquiries as to ascertain the unit that was handling the case.
“I do not have the details for now but I will definitely make some inquiries to ascertain the unit that is handling the matter. I will get back to you thereafter”, the PPRO promised.