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Pastor arrested, accused of kidnapping Catholic Priest in Imo State – Police

A Pastor identified as — Izuchukwu Anoloba, of Apostolic Church of Christ in Eziama Osuama, Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State — is charged with kidnapping of a 45yrs Catholic priest, Reverend Father Fidelis Ekemgba.

The commissioner of Police who stated this while parading the suspect (Pastor Izuchukwu) said 13 victims were rescued among which was the Reverend Father, Ekemgba, of St Peter Catholic Parish in Umunohu, Amakohia Ihitte, Amazu in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo state.

According to the police, we were able to breakthrough based on credible intelligence on the activities of the kidnapping syndicate.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects includes: -Two locally-made pistols, One Pump Action Gun, Four live cartridges, Two expended cartridges, Four live Cartridges, Two Pump Action guns, Two locally made pistols, Twenty-two live cartridges, One AK 47 Rifle with Magazine loaded with 25 rounds of Ammunition, One Blue Coloured Toyota Camry 2.4, One Gray Coloured Toyota Camry 2.7 Spider, One Coffee Colour Toyota Camry 2015 model One Black Toyota Sienna and One Red Toyota Corolla Car “

During interrogation, the suspect made a confessional statement which led to the arrest of one Kingsley Obimunonye, a notorious armed robber/kidnapper who has been on the wanted list of the Command for his involvement in several armed robberies and kidnapping cases in the state in recent times.

When interrogated, he made the useful statement, confessing to the kidnapping of one Nwabueze Ashama on 22/8/2021, also the kidnapping and murder of one Lilian Egwurugwu on 23/11/2021 and the kidnapping of Rev. Fr. Fidelis Ekemgba on 17/9/2021, in the company of his gang namely; Ifeanyi Ohajimkpa Emmanuel Oguguo aka ‘EZE MMUO’, Stephen Ndukwu aka ‘ONYE ISIALA; Augustine Agubuike;Prince Godwin; Monday Oyams; Divine Gabriel Ugochukwu aka ‘COMPUTER.

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