Obinna Ela , one of the gang members of the most vicious kidnap
kingpin , Henry Chibueze, popularly known as Vampire, said that their
squad unleashed more mayhem and terror on the members of the public
after freeing their leader ( Vampire) in a commando – like manner at
the premises of the Owerri High court , Imo State , on January 27,
Chibueze, who was facing trial on offences bordering on kidnapping and
murder , was forcefully freed by men armed with sophisticated weapons
on a day his fate on the matter was reportedly said to be decided by
the court .
Speaking to newsmen in Owerri , the state capital on Thursday, while
being paraded by the police, one of the arrested kidnap suspects said
that Vampire took him to four kidnap operations after his escape from
the court .
Though he denied being among the gang that masterminded the onslaught
at the High Court , Ela said that he coordinated four abduction
operations with Vampire and was paid N 100, 000 by the ring leader .
He also said that a police officer was allegedly their driver during
the kidnap operations and that they were shuttling through, Imo , Abia
and Rivers states , respectively
The 26-year – old suspect who hails from Orlu Local Government Area of
the state was unable to disclose the identity of the police officer as
the operatives of the command battled to control the crowd that
besieged the headquarters to behold the dreaded gang.
Addressing journalists , the Force Public Relations Officer , Jimoh
Moshood , who paraded the dead body of Vampire and four other members
of his gang, said that the police special force working under the
supervision of the state Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu ,
swooped on the hideout of Chibueze in the early hours of Thursday.
The police spokesperson said that the police engaged the gang in a gun
duel for hours in the dreaded Omu Awa forest in the Ikwerre Local
Government Area of Rivers State and killed Chibueze while four of his
men were arrested.
He gave the names of the nabbed ones as , Obinna Ela , Arinze Abecheta
, Chukwuebuka Ikeazota , Samuel Ugochukwu and Clifford Aheana and
added that ammunitions were recovered.
Moshood recalled that Chibueze was a cultist who turned a vicious and
dangerous kidnapper and armed robber and was declared wanted by the
police since 2013.
He said that Chibueze , was responsible for several cases of
kidnappings , murder of notable personalities like the killing of his
girlfriend, Sandra , and eight members of her family in Lagos State
for allegedly stealing his N 45 million share of the N 110 million
ransom paid by the family of one of his victims in Omoku , Rivers
The Police spokesperson said that, Chibueze, whom he described as a
serial killer had confessed to have killed over two hundred people in
kidnap and armed robbery cases .
While he asserted that the apprehended members of the gang would be
charged to court at the end of investigations , Moshood said " The
Inspector General of Police wishes to assure the good people of Imo
State and other states of the federation of adequate security and
implore them to cooperate with the police personnel deployed in their