30 January 2013

Nigeria: Police, SSS Parade Nkiru Silvanus' Alleged Kidnappers

Alleged kidnappers of Nollywood actress, Nkiru Sylvanus, were paraded by the State Security Service in Abuja. ( Resource: Imo Kidnap: SSS Parades Six Suspects )

Abuja — Alleged kidnappers of Nollywood actress, Nkiru Sylvanus, were yesterday paraded by the State Security Service, SSS, in Abuja.

The actress, an aide to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, was kidnapped in Owerri, Imo State, with the gang allegedly led by a police officer dismissed from the mobile police unit.

She was kidnapped along with two men, Uche Okoli and Kenneth Okoli, at Nworie Street, Akanchawa roundabout area of the state by three gunmen, and were kept in the bush around Avu junction for six days.

They were released on December 21, 2012, after payment of N8 million ransom.

The gang members, six in number, admitted carrying out several other kidnap operations getting ransom payments of N1.9 million, N3 million and N1.5 respectively.

The paraded men include Ndidi Cletus, also known as Matthew Ofurum; Stanley Asouna; Aminu Musa; Muhammed Abubakar; Obinna Okolisa and Samson Onwuka.

Leader of the gang, Ndidi Cletus, 30, is a former mobile police constable who was dismissed in 2007. He confessed to joining the police in 2004 with the name, Matthew Ofurum.

Other members of the gang include Musa, 40, said to be a cattle trader and battery charger from Taraba State; Abubakar, 34, a cattle rearer from Nasarawa State, and Okwolisa, a trader and Keke NAPEP operator.

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