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Army nabs kidnapper, hands him over to police

The suspect confessed to have lured his victim through social media from Ikom to Umoh Orok.

• March 27, 2021
Nigerian troops
A photo of Nigerian troops used to illustrate the story [PHOTO CREDIT: Vanguard News]

Nigerian Army troops attached to the Cross River security outfit “Operation Akpakwu” handed over a suspected kidnapper to the Cross River Police Command in Calabar on Saturday.

Speaking at the event, Brigade Commander, 13 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Abdullahi Mohammed, said the 24-year-old suspect was arrested at Umoh Orok Street in Calabar-South.

Mr Mohammed, who was represented by Major Stanley Ikpeme, said the suspect was arrested on March 10 and hails from Ibiono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

According to him, during the preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed to have lured his victim, one 18-year-old James Ade through social media from Ikom to Umoh Orok.

“He lured his victim, James Ade from Ikom to Calabar where he and his accomplices, Emmy Nice and one other man who are at large robbed him.

“They further requested the victim to contact his family members to pay a ransom to secure his release.

“I am directed to handover the suspect to the police for further investigation and possible prosecution,” he said.

He however requested the police command to furnish the Army Headquarters with the outcome of their investigation to enable them to update their record.

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