The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Imo have arrested two men for allegedly being part of a gang that kidnapped several returnees from the United States in December 2019.
According to the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede, both suspects engaged the police in a gun battle before they were overpowered and arrested.
In a statement regarding the shootout during their arrest, he said;
“It will be recalled that in a kidnap incident around Concorde Hotel area in Owerri in December 2019, where three American returnees were robbed and kidnapped, four members of the gang were arrested, while others fled.“
“On June 19, on Eliozu Road, Obiakpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, operatives of the command’s SARS, upon discreet investigation, arrested one Favour Uwalaka, aka Sympathy, 28, of Asa community; and Henry Ajawara, 36, of Awara community, both in Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State.“
“In the course of their arrest, the gang engaged the operatives in a gun duel, but they were arrested with bullet wounds.
“They have confessed to the crime, stating that they wore military camouflage for the operation.”
“They further confessed that while Ajawara carried an AK-47 rifle during the operation, Uwalaka provided detention facilities for the victims.“
“It is important to state that Favour Uwalaka wears female pants for protection based on the directive of their native doctor.”
In the usual manner, the Police Commissioner said the suspects will be charged to court after its officers have concluded Investigations.