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16 Oct 2016
Police officer, ex-govt official sponsored my kidnap business - suspect
A notorious kidnap kingpin, Odinaka Uja, who was arrested in Enugu State, has revealed that a police officer and an ex-government official in the state were the brain behind his successful kidnap business, as they sponsored him.
His arrest came after the abduction of a 75-year-old man, Pa Fidelis Ojobo, at Umuogbo Ulo in Igboeze North Local Government Area of the state.
Uja, who confessed to abducting Ojobo, said he and his accomplices had demanded N50 million as ransom and were on the verge of getting paid when the police apprehended some of them.
The suspect, in his confession, said he and his syndicate were the brain behind the unrest in the community, Vanguard gathered.
Uja, who hails from Igogoro, recalled how he and his gang kidnapped and murdered Adiza Ogbo, the 85-year-old mother of the former Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters in Enugu State, Chief Goddy Ogbo, on September 15, 2013.
During the interrogation, he revealed two sponsors including a policeman serving with the Anti- Robbery Squad, SARS, in the state and another former protocol officer at the Governor’s Office, Enugu.
Uja said, “The former Commissioner’s mother was killed and buried in a shallow grave at Obollo Afor in Udenu Local Government Area of the state by us.
“Her corpse was later recovered by the police after the arrest of the gang members, but I escaped.
“The roles of my sponsors involved protection and support with logistics.
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