”we kidnap victims from Imo State, take them to Rivers state …
Suspected leader of a kidnap syndicate that abducted the Managing Director, Naija Plaza Hotel, Oguta, Imo state and a pregnant woman and killed them after collecting ransom from their relatives, has been arrested by Policemen attached to Ilemba Hausa division in Lagos.
The suspect, Chika Richard Nwabiarijie, who hails from Omoku Local Government Area of Rivers state, was arrested in a hotel around Ojo area, in the company of his wife.
26-year-old Richard, reportedly fled Rivers state to take cover in Lagos, following the arrest of other members of his gang by the Imo state Police command.
The kidnappers numbering six and clad in Military camouflage as gathered, stormed the hotel located in Oguta, on February 24, 2013,where they killed two mobile policemen attached to the hotel during exchange of fire, before abducting their victim,one Emeka Asema.
Unfortunately, the lifeless body of the hotel manager was reportedly found days later at Umunoha in Mbaitolu local government area of Imo state.Before he was whisked into the police van, Crime Alert spoke with Richard, who, however dissociated himself from the abduction of the late hotel MD, saying other members of his gang were responsible.
But he disclosed that in one of the gang’s escapades which he partook in, a pregnant woman was abducted and killed even after receiving a ransom of N5 million from her relatives.
Hear him: “ I fled from Rivers to Lagos, to hide when I heard that members of my gang had been arrested. I swear to God, I was never involved in the kidnap of the hotel Managing Director. My colleagues did. They went to the hotel at about 8.30 pm and abducted him. In the process, they killed two mobile policemen on guard and made away with their riffles. The manager was brought to our hide out in Rivers state where he was held hostage for some days before the sum of N2.1 million was received from his relatives as ransom.
On the day he was to be released, they blind- folded and drove him out of the compound. But midway into the journey to his home town, they killed him and dumped his body on the road.
Our modus Oparandi
We don’t just abduct anybody any how. We must have gathered information on the person’s financial background before we strike. We operated mostly in Imo state and our informant there is one Udo. Whenever he got information on anyone, he would alert us. I would then come from Rivers state and together with other members, we would be monitoring our target’s movement and security around the area before going into action.
Sometimes, we used motorbikes or cars and at other times we use both. We would intercept the victim with the motorbikes or car and thereafter, order him/her to come out of the car. If we were operating on motorbikes, we would zoom off in the victim’s car and head straight for my place in Rivers,where the victim would be kept until ransom was paid.”
I get N500,000 in each operation
Asked when and how he joined the gang, he replied, “ I was introduced to the gang by Udo and Uche who are on the run. We met in a bar in Rivers state and I was tempted because I had no job. Since I joined the gang, I have gone on operation three times. At the end of each successful operation, I got N500,000.
The last person we kidnapped last from Imo state was a man who came on a visit. At the end, my share of the ransom was N300,000.
“But before then, we had kidnapped a pregnant woman who was killed after receiving ransom from her relatives. They told me they usually killed them so as to prevent them from revealing their identities to the police, since they are from the same state.
“We manufacture our weapons ourselves in Rivers state. I promise to take the police to the place. My job is just to join them to kidnap our target and also to keep watch over them.”
Asked if his wife was in the know, he shook his head, saying he only told her he was bringing her to Lagos for a treat.
How he was arrested
Crime Alert gathered that operatives at the Imo state Police command swung into action after the body of the hotel manager was discovered, during which the leader of the gang whose name was given as Okorie was arrested.
During interrogation, 35-year-old Okorie who hails from Amii Igbere in Bende local government area of Abia State but resides at Adimma House Ibocha Egbema, according to the Imo state Police boss, Musa Katsina, was discovered to have sneaked into Oguta where his girlfriend,one Ifeoma, harboured him for three days before the abduction of the hotelier.
Okorie’s confessional statement reportedly led to the arrest of four other members whose identities were given as Onyemuche Chris Ordukwu, a 26 -year-old barber from Obakata Quarters in Omoku Rivers State; Nze Damian Onyenye, 26 -year- old graduate from the Institute of Management and Technology, IMT; 29-year-old Ifeoma Ukachukwu, a native of Oguma Oguta and 50-year-old Ikechukwu Ossai who hails from Oguta as well.
Policemen from Imo state who reportedly alerted policemen at Ilemba Hausa of Richard’s presence at the hotel, came to pick him and his wife, Monday, for onward investigation and prosecution.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
The guy backing us is said to be Mavin's Adepeju Adewusi. And the lady is no one but Moet Abebe. Is there something we are missing and we need to know? This reminds us of Kim and Kanye (their recent magazine photo shoot).
A boat traveling from Oron in Akwa Ibom State to Malabao in Equilateral Guinea, yesterday, capsized at the Calabar Waterways with no fewer than 166 passengers feared dead.
Eyewitnesses said the passengers were traveling in a “giant-sized wooden boat” when it capsized at 40 nautical miles along the coast of Calabar off Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, waterways”.
Investigation shows that 45 corpses of some of the victims have been deposited at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, mortuary.
But Mr David Akate, the Assistant Director, Information, Cross River Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, who confirmed the incident, did not give further details.
The eyewitnesses said the boat was carrying 168 passengers, adding that rescue efforts were still going on.
A statement by spokesman of National Emergency Management Agency, Mr Y A Shuaib however said “Nigerian rescuers have recovered 9 bodies while two survivors have been taken to UCTH Calabar”, adding that rescue continues.
Tragedy struck at Afaha Market in Ibesikpo/Asuntan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday when a trader was strangled after being molested by suspected hoodlums.
It was learnt that the woman from Ogoja, Cross River State, had gone to the weekly Afaha market when the incident occurred at night.
The woman, popularly called ‘Mama Oliver’, was said to have gone outside the house to urinate when four-man hoodlums swooped on her and took turns to rape her.
The hoodlums thereafter strangled her for fear that she might recognise one or two them.
An eyewitness, said, “Mama Oliver said she was going to urinate. It was in the process that the hoodlums seized her. They had bouts of sex with her.
“It was believed that they strangled her because she could identify some of the criminals. They feared that she might expose them if they let her go.”
A friend of the deceased , Mrs. Eno Edet, told our correspondent that the death of Mama Oliver was shocking.
Pointing to Mama Oliver’s space in the market, Edet said, “I would never assume that anyone could be so callous as to kill an innocent woman just because of sex.
“We have refused to sell things. The death of Mama Oliver is painful. She and her other sisters usually come from Ogoja on Afaha Market days.
“You can see her space in the market with her wares. We are really sad.”
Another trader, Mr. Ekong Okon, said what happened in Afaha Market on Tuesday could be attributed to darkness.
He said, “Where the women slept was not far from where Mama Oliver went to urinate. If there was light, we would have seen the men.
“I think Mama Oliver knew some of these men. This could be the reason why they killed her. I still believe that if the place had been properly illuminated, the sad incident would have been averted.”
2face And Annie’s Wedding Ring Cost $12,000, Ayiri Emami Splashes N20M On 2face's ..
2face and Annie’s wedding ring is said to cost a whopping sum of $12,000. Ayiri Emami basically has taken care of over 20 million Naira expenses incurred by the wedding of these couple.
Ayiri paid 10 million for the Dubai wedding venue, security and food. N2.5m for the use of Hotel Jumeirah beach for the church service and 2.5m to convey guests from the church venue to Royal Island Beach. His new private yacht is to be sailed from America to Dubai to ferry 2face and Annie.
First class flight for 2face’s parent to Dubai and he’s to sponsor 50 people as well to Dubai for the wedding. He has also paid 911 band to play at the event.
It was alleged that the Warri Businesman spent 150 million Naira on his wedding in 2011 (in which 2face was one of his groomsmen) and also bought 2face a brand new 15 million Naira Range Rover Sport SUV.
the world famous comedian Basketmouth has emerged the first Nigerian to host comedy gig and TV show ‘Comedy Central Presents…Live at Parker’s’.
Basketmouth is expected to headline his own edition of the show in Johannesburg, SA on April 24, 2013 alongside well-known South African comedians.
He will sure be bringing his hilarious brand of comedy to the live gig at legendary comedy venue Parker’s Comedy & Jive, followed by a special telecast titled Comedy Central Presents Basketmouth Live at Parker’s.
‘I am really buzzed to be reppin’ for Naija at Comedy Central Presents…Live at Parker’s in April! So watch out: the Nigerian invasion has begun!’, Basketmouth told NET last week.
Launched just over 12 months ago, Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) has successfully lured South Africa’s top comics into hosting its regular monthly stand-up gig.
Among the many brilliant funnymen and women to grace the stage at Parker’s Comedy & Jive have been Chris Forrest, Kurt Schoonraad, Tumi Morake, Al Prodgers, Joey Rasdien, Barry Hilton, Loyiso Gola, Tats Nkonzo and Stuart Taylor.