Kidnap Syndicate Responsible for The Abduction and Killing of Army General Arrested in Imo.

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Officers of the Imo state police command has arrested a group accused of running a deadly kidnap syndicate and allegedly responsible for the abduction and murder of a retired major general, Richard Duru in September of 2023.

The suspects were paraded at the command headquarters in Owerri, the Imo state capital, alongside 32 other suspected criminals involved in various degrees of crime across the state. The command’s public relations officer, Henry Okoye, who briefed journalists at the event stated that the successful outcome of the arrest was a result of the proactive operational strategies adopted by the men and officers of the command in the fight against violent crimes and other related offences in the state.

He further informed that the arrest of the killers of the general, was carried out by the operatives of the anti-kidnapping unit of the command through a sustained follow-up of intelligent gathering.

The retired general was said to have been kidnapped along Bishops Court, Area 7, Orji/Uratta Owerri while riding in his black Mercedes, but was later killed after collecting 50,000 dollars ransom from his family.

The police public relations officer also revealed that one of the suspects, Chukwunonso Emmanuel, from Idemili north local government area Anambra state, was arrested in Lagos while trying to obtain a new number plate for the general’s car. This act, he said, led to the arrest of other members of the gang.


Okoye also noted that over the past two months, the command had recorded significant achievements in the onslaught against crime and criminality in the state, resulting in the arrest of 435 suspects for various criminal offences ranging from murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, terrorism, advance fee-fraud, cultism activities, stealing and receiving stolen properties.

“A total of 48 different firearms and 552 various calibres of live ammunition were recovered in the course of intelligence-led operations, continuous raids of suspected criminal hideouts, and painstaking investigations during which 13 kidnapped victims were rescued unhurt and 10 snatched vehicles were recovered,” he said.

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