Following the sensational escape of the alleged dreaded criminal,
Chibuzor Henry, alias Vampire at the High Court premises in Owerri, Imo
State, the state police command weekend raided the Owerri Prisons and
recovered 264 mobile telephone sets from the prison inmates.
According to sources, the suspect who was simply identified as Uju, had
been running his criminal gang from the prisons through the telephone
lines. Policemen had intercepted a telephone discussion between Uju and
his gang members, as he was directing them to stop kidnapping business
along the Owerri- Port Harcourt expressway and move to Avu – Umuokanni
Road, following incessant disturbance by policemen along the former.
Acccording to Vanguard, apart from the Pump Action gun, Uju was also
further said to have used the proceeds from kidnapping to purchase two
oil mills which had been extracting palm oil for the villagers and
yielding proceeds for him.
The information was said to have filtered to the Imo State Police
Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, who ordered his men to raid the prisons and
search all the inmates, leading to the recovery of the 264 telephone
sets alleged to have been illegally smuggled into the prisons.
Lakanu’s attention was said to have been drawn to the issue by security
men who informed him that they were under pressure by two powerful men
including a serving judge and a bishop to effect Uju’s release from the