Godwin Onyebuchi, a notorious kidnapper and a suspected serial killer has been arrested by the operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command, a development that left residents of the area in joy.
Residents of Owerri including police officers, reportedly gathered to have a glimpse of the suspect who was reportedly arrested in his hideout in a polytechnic hostel. The suspect who had escaped arrest several times after being on the wanted list of the police for a long time, was nabbed on Saturday at Solo Lodge hostel located around Federal Polytechnic, Nekede.
“In order to beat police investigation, he uses that hostel as a hiding place after deadly operations. He pretends to be a student. He knew police were tracking him.
“So, he does not have a phone. He borrows phones to make calls if there were needs for telephone conversation,” a police source told Southern City News.
It was gathered that the suspect was responsible for the kidnapping of a popular gospel singer, Chinedu Nwadike, and one Rev. Columba Okereke in August 2017.
“In August, 2017, a gang of armed robbers and kidnappers led by Godwin Onyebuchi, who operates between Imo and Abia states, abducted a popular gospel singer, Chinedu Nwadike, and Rev. Columba Okereke.
“The gang collected the Lexus 350 model car of one of their victims while a ransom of N5m was paid. The hoodlums equally collected other valuables from the victims.
“Acting on intelligence, the operatives of Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command, led by their commander, SP Victor Godfrey, swooped on him at his hideout, Solo Lodge hostel, Nekede, on Saturday and arrested him. On sighting the F-SARS operatives, he jumped down from the three-storey building and broke one of his legs,” the source further disclosed.
The arrest of the notorious kidnapper came after gang members in the police detention, identified him as the ring leader. Imo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, who confirmed the arrest said that a robust onslaught against criminals and their hideout was ongoing in the state.
“The suspect has been on the wanted list of the command. Acting on intelligence, we have to arrest him. He will be ready to answer for all his atrocities. As a command, we will continue to ensure that Imo people enjoy their sleeps,” he said.