Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command have arrested the wife of a suspected kidnapper, Mrs. Mercy Okachi, over the abduction of a youth leader in the state.
Okachi was arrested at her residence in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area after a cash sum of N10 million being the ransom paid was traced to the house of her fleeing husband, Kendiri Okachi.
Surprisingly, Mrs. Okachi’s arrest was used to negotiate the release of the kidnap victim (name withheld for security reason).
The police had reached out to the kidnappers, including Mrs. Okachi’s husband, and asked them to free the youth leader for Mrs. Okachi to be released.
The youth leader, who was abducted on January 12, 2016 in Igwurita axis of Ikwerre LGA, eventually regained his freedom after staying in the forest for about eleven days.
Speaking with newsmen on the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad said that the N10 million ransom was tracked by the police to the home of one of the suspects that is currently at large.
Mohammad added that one AK-47 rifle and 14 rounds of live ammunition were also recovered from the residence of the fleeing kidnap suspect.
He disclosed that the police had earlier gone into the forest with eight patrol vans loaded with armed policemen, but added that some farmers, who appeared to have given the kidnappers information, bungled the initial effort of security operatives at rescuing the youth leader.