Agency nab 28 notorious kidnappers

Opuiyo said further that in line with the DSS statutory mandate, the agency initiated series of special tactical operations in states prone to the nefarious activities of criminal gangs.

 

The Department of State Services, DSS, has restored calm to the South-South, South-West and the North-West regions after arresting 28 suspected kidnappers in the spate of six days.

According to a report by The Punch, Tony Opuiyo through a statement noted that the service had apprehended the suspects across various states between July 20, 2015 and July 26, 2015.

The operations, Opuiyo disclosed, succeeded in the capture of the masterminds and other facilitators of kidnapping syndicates known as the 'Federal' gang.

DSS was able to pick up Victor Afikparobo on July 20, 2015  at Owheologbo, Isoko North LGA of Delta State and three suspects, including one John Felix (a.k.a. Austin), Rowson Anufa (a.k.a. Amori) and Obukoko Emoabe, a local herbalist to the group on July 22 at Ovara  Orugun village in Ughelli North LGA, Delta State.

The suspects, the DSS added, are key members of the Federal gang which perpetrated series of kidnap incidents within the Ikorodu/Otta axis of Lagos State, the Lagos-Ikorodu road and Owo, Ondo State, the agency stated.

On July, 24, 2015, the DSS also apprehended Joseph Ojobor (a.k.a Chairman), the leader of the Lagos cell of the ‘Federal’ kidnap syndicate at Uduere, village in Ughelli North LGA, Delta State.

Also nabbed is one Timothy Japheth in his house at Onokpasa Avenue in Okhan village in Ughelli North LGA, Delta State.

On July 19, 2015, another member of the notorious gang, one Howell Anufa,  was apprehended by the service. The suspect was instrumental to the kidnap of the Regent of Akungba Akoko in Ondo State.

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