Two structures belonging suspected kidnappers in Ogidi and Ojoto communities in Idemili North and South Local Government Areas of Anambra state were demolished on Tuesday by the police.
The demolition came on the heels of the arrest and subsequent parade of 17 suspects before journalists.
Leadership reports that the demolition squad was led by the state police commissioner, Mr Usman Gwary and accompanied by Mr James Nwafor the Commander of the state’s Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Giving the names of the suspects and the crimes they committed, the commissioner said Chigozie Ezeora and Chukwudi Ugwuwho were dealing on ammunition were arrested with a large number of ammunition.
He said two others, Nnaemeka Ugonna and Onyeka Okoli were nabbed in the commercial city of Onitsha for alleged motorcycle robbery while five girls, Oluchukwu Yoko, Charity Ahue, Odo Maryann, Chukwueloka Chioma and Orji Chinelo were involved in faking products.
He gave the names of three other suspects as Ndubuisi Udokoro, Lawrence Nweze and Moredays Chukwuma.
According to Gwary, the paraded suspects were accused of kidnap, armed robbery, hijacking of goods and faking of vehicle number plates and licences.
The suspects were said to have kept about 14 kidnap victims while also earning over 100 million naira through their victims.
“In line with the provisions of the law of Anambra State, the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has revoked the certificate of occupancy and has equally ordered its demolition.
“Any building used for any form of crime or built with the proceeds of crime in the state must be demolished,” Gwary said.
The police have been trying in their job. On June 15, at least 63 members of a cultist group “Black Axe” were arrested by the Akwa Ibom Police Command at Effoi village forest, near Eket.
Two suspected robbers were killed by officials of the Special Anti Robbery Squad attached to the Ogun State Police Command sometime in June in a shootout at their hideout in Epe area of Lagos State.
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