Two notorious kidnappers have been arrested by the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Rivers State Police Command and the decomposing corpse of their victim, who was kidnapped on Friday, May 15, 2020 at Woji, Port Harcourt, recovered .
The victim, Ereba Gospel Dinabari, was killed even though a ransom of N1million was paid for his release.
He was tied to a tree and allowed to die and decompose.
Ereba’ s vehicle was also recovered.
The Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said the suspects Osundu Uchendu, 25, and Amebulem Amos, 23 have confessed to the crime. They also reportedly confessed to carrying out a series of kidnappings within the state.
“Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit arrested the suspects while doing a follow-up on the kidnap of one Ereba Gospel Dinabari, who was abducted on May 15, 2020, at Woji, Port Harcourt, and a ransom of N1m was paid without the victim being released.
“The Commander of Anti-Kidnapping Unit on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, led operatives to storm Alesa in the Eleme LGA, where two suspects, Osundu Uchendu, 25, and Amebulem Amos, 23, were arrested.
“Their confession led the operatives to a forest at Alesa in the Eleme LGA, where the victim’s decomposing body was found tied to a tree.
“The Toyota Spider car belonging to the victim was recovered. The suspects confessed to have carried out several kidnappings around Woji, Abuloma, Peter Odili Road and Eleme communities.
“Investigation is still ongoing and they will be charged as soon as investigation is concluded.”
In a confession at the scene of the crime, Osondu Uchendu said he was lured into the crime as a result of hardship faced by him and his family during this period of the global pandemic.
He said, “My name is Osundu Uchendu. I am from Rumuodogo in Emohua local government area. I stay at Okrika. That is where I manage and rent house. I am staying with my cousin brother Amaewhule. I am not staying with a cult group. I am just staying there alone and my brother comes and visit me. I am doing iron bending and welding work.
We are here because of the man wey die. Oga Isaac, Joseph and me na im kidnap the man. We kidnap am for Woji come carry am come here. Oga Isaac na im be our oga call us say he get person wey him wan carry.
Me i be no dey plan to do this work before, na just early this year, this Coronavirus and the way things hard for me and how the situation of my family dey. So na so we carry the man enter bush, na me dey bring food for them. Him with two of him boys dey take care of the work.
Na misunderstanding between Isaac and him boys wey dey take care of the work here na im make them kill the man because them think say he want set them up, he don collect money him no wan give them, he wan set them up so them need to shift the man commot from the bush.
Na later later Oga Isaac come tell them say he don collect money why them kill the man. I really vex for them, them for no kill the man. Na so e use happen. Oga Isaac tell me later say them collect money, him no tell me the amount. Na me locate this bush when i come find work inside this environment.
Na me show them the bush but no be me tie the man. The man dey here for about five days before them kill am. The motor dey police station, when him tell me say make I go help am find person wey go paint the motor. So na from the person wey the paint am, na im dem discover the motor come hold me”.