BY CHIDUBEM UKAMAKA in Port Harcourt•
Police authorities said they have arrested the deadly 6-member gang that kidnapped Chief Nemi Adoki, 61-year old Chief Executive officer (CEO) of Menakeb Limited on December 15, 2017 and murder of Maikano Abdullahi at No.129 Victoria Street in Port Harcourt.
Police also recovered from the kidnappers two Pump Action guns amongst other dangerous weapons.
Following the killing of Maikano Abdullahi and kidnapping of Chief Nemi Adoki and eventual release on payment of nine million Naira ransom on January 4, 2018 after 21 days of captivity in the Creeks of Akuku-Toru LGA of Rivers State police launched a manhunt of the criminals.
Between December 2017 and January 2018, Operatives of the IGP- Intelligence Response Team IRT were deployed to Port Harcourt by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Idris Ibrahim and during unrelenting follow up were able to arrest six members of the Kidnapping gang from different locations in Rivers and Bayelsa states.
According to the police, suspects arrested and the roles they played are as follows:
- Justice Timothy (m) 22 and deadly gang leader, used the AK47 and responsible for the death of Mikano Abudullahi. He was in charge of negotiations, and his share from the ransom was 1.8million Naira.
- Akpos Livinus (M) 33, is the coordinator of the gang’s operations. He arranged the weapons used and the location of the stronghold in the creeks. His share was 1.2million Naira.
- Daniel Allen (M) is 27. He participated in the kidnap, and also negotiated for ransom. His share is one million Naira.
- Kelvin Alpheus (M) 30 years, and was tasked with the cooking and running errands for the gang and hostages. His share was 400k Naira.
- David Abak is (29). The driver of the operational vehicle used for the kidnap his share was 800k Naira.
- Tekena Silva 26 years was the sacked driver of the victim, Chief Nemi Adoki. He brought the kidnapping job to the group and got one million Naira share from the ransom.
Police promised that serious efforts towards arresting the only one-gang member remaining at large are in progress