Police in Epolicebonyi State have arrested eleven suspects including a kidnap master strategist operating within Ebonyi and Abia States.

Parading the suspects at Police Headquarters, Abakaliki, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Mr Jude Madu alleged that the kidnapper was involved in the abduction and killing of a sixty year old woman in Ivo Local government Area, eight months ago.

The suspect,OgonnaAlioka aka Pilot was among a gang of kidnappers who allegedly abducted one CatherineOkorie at Ishiagu in Ivo Local Government Area of the state early this year.

Unfortunately, the woman was shot dead and buried in a shallow grave in Lokpanta, Abia State for recognizing one of the kidnappers.

MrMadu said though some members of the gang had been arrested and arraigned in court, Alioka who allegedly drove the vehicle used in the operation had been on the run until few days ago when he was arrested in Abia State.

“He was among the two that masterminded the kidnap of the late Mrs Catherine Okorie but was arrested in Abia State through a very reliable informant.”

MrMadu explained that Police also arrested one Gideon Omaka who was just released from prison custody in March this year for allegedly killing one Eze IdamOgbonnaya during a robbery incident in Amasiri.

That was on 30th of July, SARS men got a distress call that armed robbers were operating. So when SARS went to respond to the call, the armedrobbers laid ambush and shut at our men that causedtwo of our men to be wounded.”

Other suspects which included;one ChukwudiNwezaku, OtuOkpara, Eze Chima ,ChiadikaobiAni, UchechukwuAniewo and OzomenaObasiwere arrested in connection with armed robbery attacks, electricity cable vandalism, purchase of stolen cars and unlawful possession of firearms.

Some of the suspects including OgonnaAlioka confessed to the crimes.

My name is OgbonnaAlioka, we use motor to her house and kidapped her, the shooting made me to be very angry.”

“NwozakuChukwudi, am here because of this cable, is devil that put me for this problem.”

“They say we rob one man, while I was in my house, the community attacked me and killed  my brother, then I ran away.”

OgonnaAlioka alleged that the woman was killed while fleeing from them in the bush, pointing out that he engaged the kingpin in a fight when the incident occurred.

He said after killing the woman he ran away to avoid being arrested noting out that the abduction of the woman was masterminded by a politician in Ishiagu.

Items recovered from them included five vehicles, one tricycle, electronics, guns and live cartridges.

The suspects would be arraigned in court soon.