How dismissed policeman masterminded kidnap of Mopol Unit Commander

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By Ifeanyi Okolie

A 37-year-old man, Ifeanyi Stanley, who was the gang leader of a notorious kidnap gang terrorizing Isiala-Ngwa and Aba areas of Abia State, and masterminded the recent kidnapping of Unit Commander at the Mopol 52 Squadron Command in Aba, has been arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Response Team, IRT.        Stanley and four other members of his gang who were armed with an AK-47 rifle and a locally made gun abducted the Unit Commander in his Toyota Highlander SUV at a spot on Akalana area of Aba. He was dispossessed of his service pistol and taken into captivity, but was released after a ransom of N450,000 was paid to his abductors.

Vanguard gathered that the sum of N220,000 was also withdrawn from the policeman’s bank account, but his abduction turned out the be gang’s undoing, as four other members of the gang were arrested by the IRT led by ACP Abba Kyari, while one AK-47 rifle, a locally made gun and the policeman’s service pistol were also recovered.

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Sources disclosed that, Ifeanyi Stanley, confessed during interrogation that he attempted to join the Nigeria Police Force, but was dismissed five months into his training at the Ikeja Police Training College.   He was said to have also confessed that the AK-47 rifle was bought by one of their gang members, known as Valentine for the sum of N420,000 and that he equally joined the kidnap gang because he needed money to buy a commercial bus.  When Vanguard interviewed the suspects, Ifeanyi Stanley narrated how he ventured into crime and how he was also arrested and taken to prison in the year 2014.

According to him; “I enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force in 2006, but I was dismissed five months into my training at the Ikeja Police College.   I was caught smoking Indian Hemp inside a bush within the college during parade hours by some policemen and was detained after which I was dismissed. I then returned to Aba town and I started driving commercial buses, but in the year 2014,

I was arrested and taken to prison by the police over a case of kidnapping which I knew nothing about. Someone told the police that I was member of a kidnap gang because the leader of the gang, Jude, was the owner of the commercial bus I was driving. One of Jude’s gang members who was first arrested by the police led them to me and said I could lead the police to Jude.   I told the police then that I was only working for Jude and I have never gone for a kidnapping with him. But I was charged to court and then remanded in prison custody for one year and three months.

After I was released from prison I went back to my commercial bus driving, then I met one Chibuzor, in September 2018,   who is a native of Isiala-Ngwa in Abia State. Chibuzor also linked me to one Valentine who told me he has an Ak-47 rifle and a locally made gun.   Valentine told me that he bought the rifle and the locally made gun for N420,000 and he wanted us to set up a kidnap gang.   I accepted his offer because I wanted to raise enough money to buy a bus for myself.     Our first operation was in November 2017, we sighted a man talking with a friend inside a Toyota Camry Saloon car and we suspected that he was rich, we attacked him and chased the friend away.   we then took the man into our camp inside a       bush in Aba while we abandoned his vehicle   on the road.   The man spent two days with us and I contacted his wife who brought a ransom of N400,000 for his release.     We shared the ransom among ourselves, I got N120,000 as my share and Val got N120,000 then we gave the remaining money to our other gang members.   Three weeks after,   we went for another kidnap,   this time it was around World Bank Area of Aba.   We hired a tricyle and were just patrolling when we spotted our victim in a lexus SUV. The man was in front of his house preparing to go to church. We abducted the man while he was leaving his house and we took him alone.   We left his wife and children and took the man into a house in Isiala-Ngwa. We negotiated with his wife and she agreed to pay N1million which they brought to a spot in Aba where we picked it up.   After we collected the ransom Valentine and I took N500,000 from the money and we declared only N500,000 to our gang members which we all shared among ourselves.   I got N400,000 as   my share then   Valentine and I also sold   the Lexus SUV for N300,000 to one of my car receivers.   On January 14, we came out as usual with our rifle and accosted a man in his Highlander SUV around Osisioma area of Aba and attacked him. We didn’t know that the man was a policeman as he struggled with us but one of us disarmed him and took away a gun from him.   The gang member who took the pistol didn’t tell anyone that he took a gun from the man.   But from the way the man fought with us, we suspected that he was either a soldier or a policeman.   I asked him who he was and he told us that he was a civilian but he has lot of police friends.   The next day the policeman opened up to me and said he was a serving policeman and that one of us took his service pistol. We took his ATM card and withdrew N220,000 from it, then his family paid a ransom of N450,000 to us before he was released.”

 

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