The Inspector – General of Police Intelligence Response Team ( IRT) has arrested most wanted kidnap kingpin School boy .
Also arrested in company with him were six other members of his gang . They have been on the police wanted list ,but they were arrested after killing a Nigerian serving with the USA Army .
Two Ak-47 rifles and six magazines loaded with 127 live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.
The suspects, Sunday Igwe (aka School Boy) , Michael Ahmefula, Oyebuchi Echefule, Ndubusi Isaac, Victor Dagogo, Chima Okoro and John Edet were arrested last week by IRT led by DCP Abba Kyari.
School-Boy and his gang were arrested for killing a Nigerian serving with the United State of America Army , Chuks Okebata. Okebata came into Nigeria on a holiday and while he was driving round Okigwe in Imo State ,he was abducted by School boy’s gang who killed him.
School boy during interrogation , said that his gang did not know that the deceased was an American soldier : ” The problem was that the American Soldier tried to disarm me and in the process he was killed. If we had not killed him, he would have killed us. He was strong with tough muscles and the only way to save our lives was to kill him.
“When we abducted him we put him in the boot of our car . We didn’t know who he was. While we were heading to our enclave where we hope to keep him until ransom would be paid, he pulled out his gun and started shooting at us from the boot and the bullet hit me in the leg and the driver in his hand.
“ As he was firing ,knew the danger and I asked our driver to stop the vehicle. As soon as the vehicle came to a halt we disarmed him. He was killed right there on the spot. We dumped his body in a gutter . I want everyone to understand that I had no intention of killing him but he forced us to do it.If he had not shot us ,we wouldn’t have killed him “.
On his part, Michael Ahamefuna, 28-year-old, who is the second in command in the group and married with two children, said: “I reside in Port Harcourt. I am from Abia state. I am a trader. I met School-boy in a smoking joint where we smoke drugs and he used to come and smoke drugs.
“He had injury on his leg then and he took me to his village and we met one KC. We formed a kidnapping gang. We kidnapped a man who paid us N1.5million and we went to another business that paid us N15million. We also picked someone in Owerri and we took the person to Item in Abia State. we got N10million from two victims, the last one that got us into trouble occurred in October 2018 and we lost our leader in that operation”.