The Nigerian Police Force says it’s Operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder, acting on intelligence report, has arrested three notorious persons involved in the kidnap of Channels Television’s staff, Mr. Friday Okeregbe.
The Force Public Relations Officer who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday said the suspects were arrested on the 9th of April, 2019 at about 6:30am with various arms and ammunition recovered from them.
According the statement, the suspects are; Hanniel Patrick 29years from Akwa Ibom State, Abdulwahab Isah 28 years and Salisu Mohammed 32years both from Kogi State.
Mba said the suspects have made useful statements to the police
Mba, However said investigations revealed that Friday Okeregbe was not originally the intended target of the vicious criminals.
He said: “on that fateful day, 22nd March, 2019, at 07:45PM, he was kidnapped when the kidnappers saw him parking his vehicle at a location in Lugbe, Abuja. Investigation further reveals that the victim was taken to the kidnappers’ den somewhere in Karimo, Abuja and kept incommunicado afterwards.
“The Police have also recovered from the kidnappers a locally made revolver gun, three (3) live AK47 ammunitions, a battle axe, phones and masks with which they blindfold their victims. Effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large.
“Meanwhile, the IGP has reassured the general public that the Police and other security agencies are doing everything humanly possible to tame the challenges of kidnapping and other heinous crimes across the Country.
“He however enjoins them to always avail the Police with useful information that will help in realizing these objectives.” Mba stated.