Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

Obiano confronts kidnappers, demolishes more hideouts

By News Express on 18/04/2015

Gmail icon

Views: 3,789

Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, has re-enforced security measures across the state and approved the demolition of two more kidnap dens.

The two buildings were demolished Thursday in Umuikwelle village Eziowelle Idemili North and Umugbom village Azigbo, Nnewi South Local Government Areas respectively.

Speaking on the latest development, Chief Obiano said that no kidnap incident had happened successfully in Anambra in the past one year because the security operatives were equipped to nip such threats in the bud.

The Governor reiterated that men of the Operation Kpochapu would deal decisively with anyone found in any form of crime or criminality in the state.

“In the past one week, we have donated a gunboat to the Navy to enable them patrol the River Niger and stop inflow of arms into the state. We also took delivery of 15 speed boats and 6 Water Ambulances to assist the Riverine communities in quick dispensation of healthcare services. I also wish to assure potential investors that we have machinery in place to protect their interest and ensure their safety in our state,” Governor Obiano assured.

The demolished six-Bedroom bungalow at Eziowelle was used by one Obinna Okadigbo now at large and his gang‎ as a nest for their victims, including one Mr. Vincent Nwachukwu.

Nwachukwu was kidnapped at Ogidi in August 2013 but eventually released after the payment of N3 million ransom.

Another victim, one Lady Maureen Onukwelu was kidnapped on November 26, 2013 at a new generation bank in Nnewi and relieved of N500,000.00 before regaining her freedom.

The second building, a four-room bungalow at Azigbo owned by  late Mr. Simon Ikwukeme, was used as den by another gang led by one Emeka Chukwuka, Chukwuka Nkpuechina and Onuegbu Onyekachi. They kept one Justina Ezenwafor whom they kidnapped from Ekwulobia on October 10, 2014 and released three days later after extracting a ransom of N4million.

Speaking on the rationale for the demolition exercise, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Agugoesie‎, said that the buildings were pulled down in accordance with the provisions of the law against kidnapping in Anambra State and a measure to re-state the commitment of the government and the security agencies to rid the state of kidnappers. According to Agugoesie, “the government is with this exercise demonstrating its resolve to stop kidnappers and all criminal elements from operating in Anambra. It is also to show that the police and other security operatives are relenting on their job to ensure a crime free Anambra.”

Reacting to the demolition at Eziowelle, a Building Contractor and a native Mr. Francis Ezenwa Okosa‎, decried the attitude of young men who do not have any visible source of livelihood but tend to live above their means. He confirmed that he knew Obinna Okadigbo, the suspected kidnap Kingpin as a young man known to “live large in the community without any handwork.”

“This demolition of his father's house which was built in the 80s has now confirmed our suspicions about his source of income. This is not good and should be condemned by everyone,” Okosa said.

He advised young men in the community to learn from the mistakes of Obinna and avoid engaging in any criminal activity.

•Photo shows kidnapers' den at Azigbo, Anambra, under demolition.

Source News Express

Posted 18/04/2015 04:32:54 AM





You may also like...
Ogun settles 546 pensioners with N1.4bn

Lagos pastor in trouble over sex video

Goldie goes in a blaze of glory

FG to revive refineries by 2019 — Kachikwu...

Sultan urges Nigerians not to allow politicians use...

Amosun urges youth to emulate Soyinka

INEC Chairman urges politicians to respect rules to...

JAMB, WAEC, NECO exams: Anti-graft coalition seeks probe...

Late Joy Odama: Memo to Cross River Governor...

FIRS seals 20 shops in Onitsha over tax...

Police hunts music star Burna Boy in connection...

Senate condemns groups seeking secession from Nigeria


Latest News 2 killed as gunmen storm Rivers communities Rape case: Fatoyinbo files preliminary objection, says Busola’s case ‘filed out of time’ Akpabio announces plans for industrial clusters in Niger Delta Magashi and challenges of national security Delta tribunal verdict fair, just, well-deserved, says Oyovbaire •Condemns court action as unnecessary Hostage regains freedom after 4 years in pirates’ custody PDP heads for Appeal Court as tribunal upholds Governor Masari’s re-election NNPC unveils plans to revamp refineries from January 2020 Obi advises Nigerian universities to look inwards No meeting between Dickson and Sylva — PDP Youth Network Okowa to Christians: Dedicate your life to serving God Another perspective on xenophobic attacks, By Odimegwu Onwumere


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (542,580 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (443,873 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (390,339 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (327,217 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (295,368 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (254,027 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (250,328 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (239,092 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (232,020 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (218,003 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (196,286 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (193,858 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (102) Business & Economy (4,454) Business Verdict (80) Columnists (1,113) Complaints & Requests (96) Enterprise & Opportunities (215) Entertainment (666) Features (815) Global Business Monitor (445) ICT Monitor (63) International (3,972) Interview (203) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (171) Maggie's Blog (418) News (51,603) Opinion (1,364) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,469) Religion (1,103) Sports (2,173) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera