Three arrested for kidnap of Channels reporter

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The Nigeria Police Force has arrested three suspects
involved in the kidnap of Channels television reporter, Friday Okeregbe.

The reporter was kidnapped in Lugbe area of Abuja on 22nd of
March while he was trying to park his car.

Though it is unclear whether the reporter’s family paid
ransom before his release, the kidnappers demanded a ransom of N50million for
his release.

The suspects are Hanniel Patrick ‘m’ 29years from Akwa Ibom
State, Abdulwahab Isah ‘m’ 28years and Salisu Mohammed ‘M’ 32years both from
Kogi State.

According to a statement in Abuja on Sunday by the Force
Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, said investigation revealed that Okeregbe was not
their target.

Mba said: “In line with the IGP’s stated commitment to curb
all forms of crimes and criminality, especially incidences of kidnapping and
other violent crimes in the country, Police Operatives attached to Operation
Puff Adder, acting on intelligence report, on 9th April, 2019 at about 6:30am
arrested three notorious persons involved in the kidnap of Channels
Television’s staff, Mr. Friday Okeregbe.

“The suspects: Hanniel Patrick ‘m’ 29years from Akwa Ibom
State, Abdulwahab Isah ‘m’ 28years and Salisu Mohammed ‘M’ 32years both from
Kogi State have made useful statement to the Police.

“Meanwhile, investigation reveals that Mr. Friday Okeregbe
was not originally the intended target of the vicious criminals.

“However, on that fateful day, 22nd March, 2019, at 07:45PM,
he was kidnapped when the kidnappers saw him parking his vehicle at a location
in Lugbe, Abuja.

“Investigation further reveals that the victim was taken to
the kidnappers’ den somewhere in Karimo, Abuja and kept incommunicado

Mba also said a locally made revolver gun, three live AK47
ammunitions, a battle axe, phones and masks with which they blindfold their
victims were recovered from them.

The acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu reassured that the Police and other security agencies are doing everything humanly possible to tame the challenges of kidnapping and other heinous crimes across the country adding that effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large.

He however urged members of the public to always avail the
Police with useful information that will help in curbing the menace.

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