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Two arrested over kidnapped APC registration officers

11 February 2014, 14:37

Abakaliki - The Police in Ebonyi has arrested two suspects in connection with the alleged kidnap of some All Progressive Congress (APC) registration officers in Umuezekeoha, Ezza North LGA on Sunday.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Chris Anyanwu (ASP), said that the suspects were arrested by a team of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the command along the Enugu-Abakaliki Express road.

“The suspects were arrested with a vehicle belonging to the council as four other suspects connected with the matter are still at large.

“Our officers are currently on their trail, as efforts have been intensified to arrest them.

“We recovered items like the official vehicle of the council, a bag containing the academic credentials of one of the suspects and other items belonging to the APC,” he said.

He said that the suspects were helping the command in its investigation to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the act.

“We must not rule out a possible political tussle between the APC and the PDP so we call on political parties in the state to carry out their activities within the confines of the law.

“People should be allowed to freely express their choice of interest without molestation,’’ the PPRO said.

One of the victims, Donatus Omenyi said that the suspects numbering about six invaded his residence around 2.am on Sunday.

“One of them told me to follow them without resistance or I will be shot and I told him that it was better I die inside my house than in an unknown destination.

"He then asked me to give him all APC registration materials in my possession,” he said.

He noted that the hoodlums bundled him into their car, dropped him and other victims at Ezzamgbo where they were laid inside a gutter and  tortured.

“They later took us to a bush where they said we should start calling our people to pay the ransom of N3 million for each of us to be released.

“They said they would  eliminate all APC stakeholders in the area and said that if our people did not pay, the chairman would  pay the ransom as he could not use and dump them,” he said.

Omenyi said  that they were released after the hoodlums negotiated with some stakeholders in the community who reported immediately to the police.

-  NAN

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