Ex-convict and wife arrested for kidnapping and killing 71-year-old Chief in Imo (photo)

Men of the Anti-kidnapping Squad of the Imo State Police Command have arrested an ex-convict, 35-year-old Onyekachi Alozie and his wife, Oluchi, alongside another ex-convict , Agubata Maxwell Chimezie, 39, for kidnapping, murdering and burning the corpse of a 71-year-old man, Chief Precious Okorie.

According to the police, Alozie got his gang members to kidnap Okorie who he accused of having a relationship with his wife, Oluchi, while he was serving a jail term at the Nigeria Correction Centre, Owerri.

Parading the suspects before newsmen, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hussain Rabiu, said the deceased was kidnapped on November 12, 2021. He added that the family members thereafter reported the case to the Anti-Kidnapping Squad.

Rabiu mentioned that he ordered the commander of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Oladimeji Oyeyiyewa, and his operatives to swing into action after which they subsequently arrested the gang leader, Agubata Maxwell Chimezie a.k.a “the boss” on December 10, 2021. Oluchi was picked up on December 20 while her husband was arrested on January 10, 2022 in Owerri.

Alozie, who was said to have allegedly masterminded the kidnapping and murder of Okorie, took the police operatives and family members of the victim to the forest where they saw the burnt body of the deceased.

Oyeyiyewa explained that the operatives recovered the late Okorie’s car, a Toyota Camry from the workshop of an auto painter through the gang leader. It was gathered that he had taken the car for repaint and later sold it for N1million. Alozie and his gang members had also kidnapped another victim, 35-year-old Kenneth Alajamba on October 22, 2021 at Ohi Junction, Owerri, it was learnt.

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