The Police Command in Abia, has arrested on Ifeanyi Nwunni, an auto mechanic in Umuahia, for allegedly kidnapping a taxi-cab driver at gunpoint. The command’s Spokesman, DSP Ezekiel Onyeke, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Monday that Nwunni, was arrested following a tipoff from a good Nigerian.
He said that the suspect was carrying his victim, one Ifeanyi John, in the booth of his car before he was arrested last Wednesday at Onuimo, the boundary between Abia and Imo. Onyeke said that the suspect, who hails from Obowo Local Government Area of Imo, was arrested along with another man, who is now at large.
He said that the second suspect, who was driving the vehicle when they were flagged down by the police, escaped into the nearby bush. He said that the arrest was made during a stop-and-search operation by a police patrol team, adding that the police were still on the trail of the second suspect.
Onyeke said, ‘’the Divisional Police Station at Ubakala received a tipoff that unknown persons had abducted a taxi-cab operator in the area.’ ‘’The suspects were said to have pursued their victim along Ubakala Road, forcing him to divert into a lonely path road, where they caught up with him. ‘’They forced him out of his car, bound him hands and feet and bundled him into the booth of their vehicle and sped off.’’ In an interview with NAN, the suspect denied kidnapping the victim.
He said that the victim was always coming to steal some valuables, including tyres belonging to his customers from his workshop. He said that having caught him, he decided to take him to the police station at Obowo, where he (suspect) resided. The police spokesman urged the public to take security as ‘’everybody’s business’’ and to assist the police with useful information that could help them in crime prevention. (NAN)