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DSS arrests 28 kidnap masterminds in six days

The Department of State Services has arrested 28 suspected kidnappers nationwide within six days.

The service stated that it apprehended the suspects across various states in the South-South, South-West and the North-West regions between July 20 and 26, 2015.

A statement by one Tony Opuiyo on Saturday in Abuja, said the DSS line with its statutory mandate, initiated series of special tactical operations in states prone to the nefarious activities of criminal gangs.

The operations, it added, succeeded in the capture of the masterminds and other facilitators of kidnapping syndicates among whom is one Victor Afikparobo, who was picked up on July 20, 2015 at Owheologbo, Isoko North LGA of Delta State.

The suspect, the DSS added, was a key member of the ‘Federal’ gang, a kidnap syndicate which perpetrated series of kidnap incidents within the Ikorodu/Otta axis of Lagos State, adding that the arrest had given further leads to the gang leader of the Federal kidnap syndicate.

The service further claimed to have arrested three suspects, including one John Felix (a.k.a. Austin), Rowson Anufa (a.k.a. Amori) and Obukoko Emoabe, a local herbalist to the group on July 22 at Ovara Orugun village in Ughelli North LGA, Delta State.

The trio are key members of the kidnap gang that terrorised the Lagos-Ikorodu road, and Owo, Ondo State, the agency stated.

On July, 24, the DSS also apprehended Joseph Ojobor (a.k.a Chairman), the leader of the Lagos cell of the ‘Federal’ kidnap syndicate at Uduere, village in Ughelli North LGA, Delta State.

The DSS said he had also been linked to some incidents of illegal bunkering and pipeline vandalism.

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Also, on the same July 24, at about 0500 hours, the team arrested another member of the Lagos cell of the ‘Federal’ kidnap syndicate, one Timothy Japheth in his house at Onokpasa Avenue in Okhan village in Ughelli North LGA, Delta State.

“Earlier, on July 19, another member of the notorious gang, one Howell Anufa, was apprehended by the service. The suspect was instrumental to the kidnap of the Regent of Akungba Akoko in Ondo State.

“Anufa also participated in the spate of kidnap incidents, carried out by the gang in Lagos and Ogun states respectively, before he relocated to Warri, Delta State, where he was eventually arrested.”

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