Police arrest 40-year-old kidnap kingpin in Imo

12:48 Apr 16 2024 Imo State

The Imo state Police Command on Monday paraded a 40-year-old alleged kidnap kingpin, one Aralu Chukwudi Charis, from Otolo in Nnewi North Council Area of Anambra State.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, disclosed this to newsmen in Owerri, while parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters.

The police said the suspect was apprehended in his hideout at Mgbidi in Oru East Council Area of Imo State, last Saturday.

Narrating how it happened; the “Operatives of the Imo State Police Command Anti Kidnapping Unit led by CSP Oladimeji Odeyeyiwa have apprehended a notorious kidnap kingpin, Aralu Chukwudi Charis, ‘m’, 40 years of Otolo in Nnewi North LGA of Anambra State, following credible intelligence and a well-coordinated operation that led the ever-gallant operatives to the criminal hideout of the suspect at Mgbidi in Oru East LGA of Imo State on 13/04/2024, where he was ambushed and eventually arrested.

“The suspect masterminded several kidnapping and armed robbery operations in Imo State. On searching his hideout, one Ash Coloured Toyota Camry, 2005 model, with reg no; MUS 509 DS Lagos, reportedly snatched was recovered. In the course of investigation, he confessed that he is the gang leader of a deadly criminal syndicate terrorizing the people of Imo State and provided crucial information that will assist the determined operatives in the arrest of his syndicate at large.”

“The suspect will be arraigned in court upon completion of a comprehensive investigation.

“Meanwhile the Commissioner of Police Imo State Command, CP Aboki Danjuma has reiterated the Command’s unwavering commitment to continually clamp down on unrepentant criminal syndicate perpetrating insecurity in the State. The CP advised the residents of Imo State, particularly the youths to eschew crime, warning that perpetrators will always be exposed and in most cases, end up in tragedy,” he said.

It added that; “The Command is calling on the owner of the recovered Toyota Car or anyone who may know the owner to kindly inform him/her to report at the Command Headquarters with proof of ownership for possible identification and collection. Thanks, the Command remains committed to safeguarding the lives and property of the good people of Imo State.”
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