Eight suspected kidnappers, believed to be involved in the abduction of the Vice Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Prof. Cyprian Onyeji, have been arrested by the police.
The suspects, who were arrested by operatives of the Anti-kidnapping Squad of the Enugu State Police Command are believed to be members of a syndicate of kidnappers, operating within the South-East and environs.
They were arrested, on Wednesday night after a gun battle with security operatives at Safety Hotel, located at Uwani areas of Enugu metropolis.
It was gathered that following the kidnap of the Vice Chancellor, security operatives had been on the trail of the kidnappers, until about 4pm on Tuesday when through a tip off, the police arrested three of the suspects – Osinachi Iheanacho, Ejike Aba and Obinna Okoro – inside a commercial bus at Agbogugu axis of Awgu in Enugu State, along Enugu – Port-Harcourt expressway.
Following their arrest, the suspects confessed that their gang leader and other members of the gang had arrived earlier from Port-Harcourt.
The Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, said, “The arrested hoodlums led the police to Safety Hotel where a gun duel ensued between the suspected kidnappers and the security operatives.
“At the end of the gun battle, five other kidnap suspects – Ezebilo Ihiemere, Alias Gago; Ifeanyi Kingsley Edeh, Ani Chidiebere, Udeonu Ernest and Chibuzor Eze were arrested, while one Chiboy escaped from the roof top of a three-storey building with serious gun injury.”
The PPRO said the suspects had given a convincing insight into their role in the alleged kidnap of the ESUT Vice Chancellor recently, as well as other kidnapping incidents in the state and environs.