The pastor-in-charge of Live By Faith Church, Ogbagu, in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state, Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, has been arrested by officers attached to the Imo State Police Command, for his alleged involvement in the kidnap of a one-year-old child, Damian Oluwa.
The command’s Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Ify Ezeudeogu, who briefed newsmen on the arrest of the Pastor, also disclosed that he was arrested alongside a 23-year-old man, Miracle Emenekwuru, of Ifakala, Mbaitoli LGA, who is also a part of a four-man gang who kidnapped the little boy.
The suspects who stormed Ebere’s apartment at Egbu, Owerri, around 2am, and kidnapped the child after robbing his mother, also went away with her Automated Teller Machine cards. The Police spokesperson also turned newsmen that though N627,000 was paid as ransom for the boy, the suspects refused to release him to the family.
“On Saturday, around 2am, a gang of armed robbers and kidnap suspects invaded the apartment of one Vivian Ebere.
“The hoodlums robbed the victim and collected her ATM cards and eventually kidnapped her 17 months old baby, Damian Oluwa.
“The hoodlums later called the boy’s mother for ransom. The sum of N627,000 was collected from the family.”
“The FSARS operatives, acting on intelligence and constructive digital analysis, swooped on the assailants on Maduwuba Avenue, Orji, Owerri, arrested the two suspects and rescued the kidnapped child,” the Police PRO said.
Punch reported that the baby’s mother disclosed that the five days her son stayed with the suspects were filled with nightmares for her household, as she further confirmed that after the family paid the initial ransom, the suspects demanded an extra N200,000.
The Pastor who feigned ignorance of knowing the boy who was kept in his house was kidnapped, said when he queried the principal suspect, one Kechi Ogobuiro, who was at large, on how he came about the boy, he (Ogobuiro) lied to him. According to him Ogobuiro, was the son of his child’s godmother.
“He said he impregnated a woman who lived with her parents in Umuahia. He said his girlfriend handed over the boy to him,” he added.