Police has arrested one 35-year-old pastor Izuchukwu Anoloba of the Apostolic Church of Christ in connection with the kidnapping a 71-year-old Roman Catholic priest whose name was given as Fr. Fidelis Ekemgba, and demanding ₦5m ransom for his release
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Pastor Izuchukwu who was arrested in Lagos is the prime suspect of the kidnapping case and also, the leader of a robbery and kidnapping syndicated was paraded Rabiu Hussaini, the Imo State Commissioner of Police.
His partners in crime who’s names were given as Kingsley Obumunonye, 35; Uchenna Duru, 25; Chidinka Oduenyi, 20; Onyebuchi Emeka, 26; Augustine Azubuike, 47; Divine Ugochukwu, 39 and Chukwuma Onwe, 47, were also paraded.
The commissioner also revealed that the syndicate had been on the wanted list for a while, as they were responsible for multiple robbery and kidnapping cases, and has managed to evade possible capture and arrest in several states.
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Upon arrest, the pastor admitted he had received N1.5m random paid for the priest.
“I am a pastor with the Apostolic Church of Christ in Lagos. I got ₦1.5 million from the kidnap of the priest,” Anoloba spoke to the journalists. “I never knew I will be arrested. I regret my actions because I am now a disgrace to the body of Christ and my family.”
The CP’s team found the priest after following information collected by the anti-kidnapping unit. He then applauded the job well done, and he pledged to continue keeping the state secure from criminals.
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