(Photo) Kidnapped, Killed Uniport Lecturer’s Phone Leads To Suspects’ Arrest

Two members of a notorious kidnapping gang terrorising Rivers State,
Patrick Koyi and Chituru Ferdinand, have been arrested by operatives of
the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT,
for kidnapping and killing a lecturer of the University of Port
Harcourt, Emmanuel Chinasa Obi, in September 2016.

Vanguard learnt that the late UNIPORT lecturer was murdered by his
kidnappers after a ransom of N1.1 million was paid in two instalments to
the kidnappers. Sources disclosed that the kidnappers received a ransom
of N700,000 from his relatives, while he was still alive and they were
paid additional N400,000 after he was killed.

A source explained that relatives of the lecturer became apprehensive
after paying the second instalment and the kidnapped lecturer was not
released. They reportedly sent petitions to the IG, who drafted the IRT
into the state. The source added that Koyi was arrested in Port Harcourt
with a Techno mobile phone belonging to the lecturer and he confessed
to the crime before leading the operatives to his home where Ferdinand,
who he said was one of the masterminds, was also arrested. Confession
Narrating how they kidnapped and killed the lecturer, Ferdinand said:

 “It was my friend Akika from Akwa Ibom State that suggested that we
should kidnap the lecturer, who is building a duplex in my home town in
Rumuji. “When we talked about it, I told him that we needed a gun and he
invited Omega, who also called Koyi. But on the day they kidnapped the
lecturer, I was not around. “I went to Port Harcourt Town, but when I
came back I learned that the man was dead. “I was given N50,000. Koyi
told me that it was Omega that was always beating the man, while they
were in the camp and after the man died, Omega and Akiki took his corpse
for burial. “I do not know how the police came in, but it was Koyi that
brought them before I was arrested.”

Vanguard also gathered that a 24-year-old member of a dreaded cult group
operating in Rivers State, Sunday Ogbonda, was also arrested by IRT
operatives deployed to the state by the Inspector General, Ibrahim
Idris, to track down high profile criminals. Ogbonda was said to have
been arrested for allegedly taking part in the January 9 murder of
retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ikechi Dornata.

The retired police officer was said to have met his demise when a gang
of cultist attacked him in his home town in Kono-Boun area of Khanna
Local Government Area of Rivers State and shot him several times before
driving a huge nail into his head. Though the operatives, who were led
by ACP Abba Kyari, were yet to unravel the real motive behind the
killing of the DSP, who was said to be the officer-in-charge of the
Rivers State Police Command Armoury, a position he held for 10 years
before his retirement.

It was learned that Ogbonda was arrested when a mobile phone belonging
to the late DSP was traced to him and he was allegedly tricked to a
hotel in Port Harcourt, where he was eventually arrested.