…As Police confirm arrest of kidnap kingpin “Black” behind ex-INEC staff abduction
By Anthony Uwadiegwu
There was pandemonium in the early hours of Sunday at Daniel Ayongor street off Victory Way, Satellite Town in Calabar Municipality local government area as police operatives swooped in on a fleeing kidnapper behind the foiled abduction of Mrs Caroline Bassey at the weekend.
The Paradise gathered that during a covert operation led by SP Chukwuma Ogini of the of Anti Cultism and Kidnapping Squad, (ACKS), “Black”, the brain behind Saturday’s kidnap was apprehended inside a ceiling.
Confirming the arrest to our reporter on the telephone Sunday morning, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) SP Irene Ugbo, said it was a milestone especially as that there has been pockets of kidnapping incident in the metropolis.
According to SP Ugbo, the suspect went to take refuge at his girlfriend’s apartment at Satellite Town where he was arrested based on intelligence.
“Unknown to him (Black), SP Ogini and his men were on his trail, and at about 05:10 a.m they swooped in on him, at his girlfriend’s apartment where he jumped into the ceiling in a bid to evade arrest before he was apprehended by gallant operatives from ACKS.
“He confessed to being the brain behind Mrs Caroline Bassey’s kidnap and mentioned her tenant (names withheld) as the person who contracted him and his gang to kidnap the former INEC staff,” she said.
Speaking further, SP Ugbo revealed that the said suspect has also confessed how she planned her landlady’s abduction with a kidnap syndicate led by Black.
The Paradise learnt that Mrs Bassey just retired from the service of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) few months ago.
Recall that Mrs Caroline Bassey was kidnapped from her resident at Mathias Oje Avenue in Calabar Municipality local government area of the state on Saturday.