Police Unearth Underground 8-Bedroom kidnappers’ Den in ImoLatest News, News From The State Sunday, July 20th, 2014
Ignatius Okpara, Owerri
Police in Imo on Saturday with the help of some vigilante members, uncovered a kidnapper’s underground eight-bedroom den in a deserted building at Umuchima village in Okwu Community in Ikeduru council area of the state.
The building was used by suspected kidnappers to harbour their victims.
Abdulmajid Ali, the state Commissioner of police CP while parading the suspects, disclosed that the underground hideout, with eight bedrooms, was discovered through intelligence network and collaboration of the vigilante men.
According to him, “it took the police over three hours from Owerri, the state capital, through the thick bush and untarred road to get to the kidnappers’ den.”
Some of the villagers, who spoke to newsmen under condition of anonymity, said they were neither aware of the underground den nor the criminal activities that were carried out in the compound until a kidnapped victim who escaped from the dungeon in the middle of the night narrated his ordeal.
They stated that the statue in front of the building was that of the owner of the building, one Mr. Simeon Mpieri, whom they alleged had died since 1990.
The state police boss, said the buildings would be confiscated and demolished.
He assured that the command would continue to do its best in ridding the state of kidnapers and other criminal elements.
African Examiner recalled that Governor Rochas Okorocha had in June this year, gave directives that all abandoned properties or uncompleted buildings would be taken over by the government, in order to ensure that such places are not turned to dens for hoodlums.
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