Two suspected kidnappers and alleged members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Jidechi Akakem and Chibuike Ibeukwu have been nabbed by police operatives connected to the Imo State Police Command.
The two suspected kidnappers arrested by the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Imo State Police Command claimed they had been employed by one Emmanuel Anyanwu, a person described by the police as a infamous kidnapper and suspected killer. The man is also referred to as ‘Walking Skeleton,’ Sun stories.
According to Akakem and Ibeukwu, ‘Walking Skeleton’ gave them three locally-made pistols and 14 rounds of dwell cartridges and promised to present them N100, 000. Their task was to kill a businessman and managing director, Octagon Guard Security Outfit, 62-year-old Vitalis Onuwa.
Onuwa can also be the Chairman, Village Council of Emekeukwu in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State
Anyanwu, it was gathered, arrange an unlawful job drive at Emekeukwu Village, which prompted Onuwa to sack him. He thereafter recruited some youths, gave them unlawful arms and ammunition and concerned them in kidnapping and killing of harmless souls.
Anyanwu, who’s at massive, was mentioned to have employed 26-year-old Akakem and 18-year-old Ibeukwu to kill Onuwa in his home on July 6, 2021.
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Hussein Rabiu, mentioned that Emmanuel Anyanwu, (Walking Skeleton) was a infamous kidnapper and killer.
He mentioned the person was a cultist and member of Viking Confraternity.
Rabiu described Anyanwu as a wished killer who has terrorised the Ezeogba Emekeukwue Community within the Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State for years.
The state police boss mentioned it was intelligence gathering that prompted the Anti-Kidnapping Commander, Supol Oladimeji Oyeyeyiwa and his operatives to swing into motion and stormed the infamous gang’s hideout on July 7, 2021.
He mentioned the police operatives arrested Jidechi and Chibuike on the hideout in Emekeukwue, Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State.
In an interview, one of many suspects, Jidechi mentioned he’s from Umuchoke Orji in Owerri North Local Government, Area of Imo State.
A graduate of regulation, he additionally defined why he grew to become a kidnapper after his regulation research.
He mentioned, “It was Emmanuel Anyanwu who recruited me to be a member of IPOB and a member of Viking Confraternity. I am a bodyguard to Emmanuel Anyanwu, the Walking Skeleton. We have terrorised people in our community. My leader, Emmanuel Anyanwu told me that I should go and kill Chief Vitalis Onuwa and promised to give us N100,000. He gave us N30,000 and gave us three locally made pistols and 14 rounds of cartridges to go after him. He said he would pay the remaining N70, 000 once the job was accomplished.
“He wanted us to kill Chief Vitalis Onuwa so that he could become the Chairman of the task force in the community. He gave us three days to carry out the execution. We didn’t go, nor did we attack Chief Vitalis Onuwa. I asked him why we should kill an innocent person.
“I told him I couldn’t do such an evil act. He promised us that if we killed Chief Vitalis Onuwa, he would pay us the remaining balance of N70,000. But suddenly on July 7, 2021, the Anti-kidnapping operatives came and arrested us,” he mentioned.
Meanwhile, the command is on the heels of 1 Emmanuel Anyanwu who’s claimed to be a kingpin of kidnappers.