The Ebonyi State command of the State Security Service, SSS has rescued the in-law to the former Governor of Ebonyi State, Hon. Kennedy Ogba when his kidnappers came to collect the ransom of N2 million at Ndubia Ndiagu in Izzi local government area of the State.
Ogba was kidnapped last Saturday by three gunmen at his Nsuruakpa residence in Ohaukwu Local government area of Ebonyi state.
The Victim, Ogba, who was rescued after five days was the former Majority Leader of Ebonyi State House of Assembly and former chairman of Ohaukwu Local government area.
Briefing Journalists in Abakaliki, the state Director of SSS, Mr. Laasan Baba explained that the suspects, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwafor a.k.a Oshimiri and Mr. Anayo Kalu were arrested by men of the Command after a gun battle with the suspects.
Baba added that two others in connection with the kidnap of the victim were still at large but assured that they would be arrested in no distant time.
He said the suspects kept their victim at Abomege in Onicha local government area of the state and told his wife to bring the ransom to Ndubia Ndiagu in Izzi local government area of the State in order to confuse anybody trying to assist the victim. He disclosed that after interrogation, the kidnappers revealed that they had an already prepared a list of some prominent Ebonyians in both private and public sector, including children that would be kidnapped by them this year.
He said, “We want to inform you that the man Kennedy Ogba was released yesterday after the command had arrested the kidnappers when they demanded N2 million ransom; they were arrested when they attempted to collect the money. The money is in this bag, N2 million cash.
“They are Chukwuemeka Nwafor alias Oshimiri, who is a herbalist, armed robber, a notorious person and kidnapper. We tried to arrest him last year but he escaped but this year we were able to arrest him; the second person is Anayo Kalu, from Abia State; they are all in the vehicle when we finish, you can go and look at them.
“What we found out from them is that they have a list of high profile Ebonyians that they have listed to kidnap this year including politicians, local government chairmen, men and women; those in the private sector, including children.
Those in their list have been targeted for ransom; their aim is to confuse the situation because this is election period; they want to cause confusion so that people will think that their own form of kidnapping was related to politics not knowing that theirs is just criminality.â€
According to the Director, “They are being treated at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, FETHA before they will be prosecuted.â€
Narrating his ordeal, the victim, Hon. Ogba stated that hisabductors, who took him from his residence at Ezzamgbo in Ohaukwu local government area of the State, dropped him in a shrine at Abomege in Onicha LGA of the State.
Ogba said, he was tortured, blindfolded and had his two hands tied at the back for five days while in the bush, adding that the kidnappers gave him skulls of dead human beings for him to feel, threatening to kill him, if his family members do not cooperate with them.