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Investors, PEPs returning back to Imo as Police, DSS dislodge kidnapping ring

Feelers from Owerri, the Imo State capital have shown that business peace is fully back following the celebrated last week’s dislodgment of a formally intractable robbery and kidnapping ring that operated from Ikwerre axis of Port Harcourt.

Already, the state Governor,  Owelle Rochas Okorocha has commended the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services for killing the kingpin, now late Henry Chibueze, alias Vampire, the leader of the gang that operated from Ikwerre.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, the Governor hailed the operational ingenuity of the twin security agencies saying “even when Vampire’s partners in crime took him away from the court few weeks ago, he knew it would not be long before he would be arrested”.

“The declaration I made when I became governor in 2011 that no criminal would survive in this state is still valid,” he said.

Chibueze, who was paraded by the DSS before the state governor in 2015, admitted to having carried out several kidnappings in the state and beyond.

Chibueze, the Vampire, was the criminal spirited away by his gang members on Jan. 27 in the premises of an Owerri High Court.

He was arrested in 2015 and had been in prison custody following the kidnap of the wife of a government official.

Chibueze, who was brought to the court along with other arrested suspects, escaped when gunmen opened fire immediately he disembarked from the prison van.

The kidnapper was then spirited away by the gunmen, leaving five prisons officials and some by-standers wounded by the gunfire.

Business Hilights recalls that after Chibueze’s escape in January, Okorocha announced a N5million bounty for any information that could lead to his arrest.

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