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DSS arrests kidnapper of Justice Nwosu-Iheme

Valentine Chinyem

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested Stanley Onoriode Ekemaye, for his role as the brain behind the abduction of Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme of the Benin division of the appeal court.

Nwosu was kidnapped on October 30, after her vehicle was intercepted around Christ Chosen Church of God International. According to her, the thought the kidnappers whe were dressed in police uniform were actually officers of the Nigeria Police Force.

However, reality dawned on her after her police orderly was killed.

She however regained her freedom after two weeks.

Ekemaye was arrested by the secret police in the early hours of Tuesday at Okwuzi Egbema in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA in Rivers state.

Ekemaye is believed to have been coordinating robbery and kidnap operations around South-South States, mostly Delta, Edo and Rivers axis for years.

Among his alleged victims are Francisca Okhiria, wife of the managing director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, who was kidnapped on September 14 and released after three weeks.

Others are Esther Achimogu and Elias Ovesour who were kidnapped in June, as well as Elizabeth Mekuye, sister-in-law to Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta state, who was abducted in August and released early September.

Sylvanus Okogbenin, the chief medical officer of Irrua Speicalist Hospital, was kidnapped on August 26 in an operation that led to the death of two police offers.