Three persons allegedly involved in the kidnap of Channels Television reporter, Friday Okeregbe, three weeks ago have been nabbed by the Police.
Okeregbe was released by his abductors after a week with them.
He was initially thought to have been kidnapped around the Games Village area of the city centre because it was the last point he was when he spoke with his wife. But Police say he was picked at Ĺugbe, a suburb of Abuja, off the Umaru Musa Yar’Adus Way (Airport Road).
Other sources say the abductors trailed him to his church area and kidnapped him as he stepped out of his car.
It was not clear if he paid a ransom to be set free, as is usually the case, but it was learnt that his ATM Card found on him was used to deplete his account by the men of the underworld.
Police spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police Frank Mba, in a statement said three suspects were caught in Abuja and arms and ammunition recovered from them.
His statement reads: “In line with the IGP’s stated commitment to curb all forms of crimes and criminality, especially incidences of kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country, Police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder, acting on intelligence report, on 9th April, 2019 at about 6:30am arrested three (3) notorious persons involved in the kidnap of Channels Television’s staff, Mr. Friday Okeregbe.
“The suspects: Hanniel Patrick ‘m’ 29years from Akwa Ibom State, Abdulwahab Isah ‘m’ 28years and Salisu Mohammed ‘M’ 32years both from Kogi State have made useful statement to the Police.
“Meanwhile, investigation reveals that Mr. Friday Okeregbe was not originally the intended target of the vicious criminals. However, on that fateful day, 22nd March, 2019, at 07:45PM, he was kidnapped when the kidnappers saw him parking his vehicle at a location in Lugbe, Abuja. Investigation further reveals that the victim was taken to the kidnappers’ den somewhere in Karimo, Abuja and kept incommunicado afterwards.
“The Police have also recovered from the kidnappers a locally made revolver gun, three (3) live AK47 ammunitions, a battle axe, phones and masks with which they blindfold their victims. Effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large.
“Meanwhile, the IGP has reassured the general public that the Police and other security agencies are doing everything humanly possible to tame the challenges of kidnapping and other heinous crimes across the Country. He however enjoins them to always avail the Police with useful information that will help in realizing these objectives”.