Mr.Ocheja Okedi seemed to have been doomed to be the target of kidnappers in Kogi state as he was always falling into the trap of kidnappers.He always moved around trying to know if he was going to fall prey to men of the underworld, as he has been kidnapped three times this year.
The Kogi state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ali A. Janga, said that the state’s the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested two men, 27-year-old Emmanuel Jibril and 20-year –old Thyasa Momoh, who are both members of a kidnap gang that had abducted Mr.Ocheja Okedi on three times in Ochikala, Aloma, Ofo Local Government Area, of Kogi State, and demanded the sum of N7 million as ransom.
The police boss said Jibril and Momoh who both hail from Ajaokuta, Omala LGA, went to the home of the victim in January this year and kidnapped him. His family paid N500,000 ransom to secure his release.After one month, in February, the same kidnappers invaded his house again and abducted him.
This time around they took the sum of N6.5 million ransom from the family before he was released.
Obviously happy with the ease with which they succeeded with their previous operations they decided to kidnap Ocheja Okedi again for the third time.
According to the Commissioner of Police, he said on August 19, 2017, these hoodlums invaded the victim’s home at about 8 pm, took him to the forest where they kept him captive and demanded the sum of N7 million ransom from his family.
The family who had had enough reported to the police, which involved the Special Armed Robbery Squad. The SARS operatives stormed the forest with the aid of intelligence they had gathered. There was a fierce exchange of firepower, but the superiority of the police firepower overwhelmed the gang.
The victim was rescued and two suspects, Jibril and Momoh were apprehended, while a third member, Bello, is still on the run.Two locally made pistols, military boots, and a mask, as well as live cartridges, were recovered.
One of the suspects, Emmanuel, confessed saying they have been involved in several kidnappings. He said It was one of them, Bello, who told them to abduct the victim.
The victim, Mr. Ocheja Okedi, expressed his appreciation to the police for their prompt response to the distress call made by his brother.