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Police arrests two kidnap kingpins in Okrika and Port Harcourt

The Rivers state Police command says it has nabbed the kingpin of a dreaded kidnap group in the state.


The Command in a statement said the suspect, Mitchel Tamuno, was arrested in Okrika with arms and ammunition.

The command also confirmed to Newscrystal.com the arrest of another kidnap kingpin, Apolos Iyalla in Port Harcourt.

Both Mitchel and Iyalla are being accused of masterminding the kidnap of numerous residents of Port Harcourt.

According to the statement:  “On 27/04/2014 at about 4pm at Okrika town, one Mitchell Tamuno of Abam in Okirika LGA who is the kingpin of a kidnapping gang of five members were arrested.

“Their arrest came as a result of an information given by an arrested gang member who confessed of being responsible for the kidnapping of one Miss Charity Ikirigo, a 14 years old student of the Federal Government College Abuloma on 18/04 /2016 and was rescued by Anti-Kidnapping Squad.

“Two AK 47 rifles and one hundred and seventy rounds of live ammunition were recovered from them. Suspects also confessed to being behind several kidnappings in Abuloma and Okirika.

“In less 24 hours, that’s to say on 28/04/2016 at 5pm, teams of policemen stormed the hideout of one Iyalla Appolos ‘m’ at Azuboko Ama off Abuloma road Port Harcourt and arrested him.”

“He is thought to be dangerous kidnapper leading seven man kidnapping syndicate that operates around Abuloma and environs. He was arrested on the basis of confession of another kingpin in detention.

“Two AK 47 rifles, one hundred and seventy rounds of 7.62 live ammunition and four magazine were recovered from him.”