A suspected notorious kidnapper and armed robber, Godwin Onyebuchi , also known as Papa G , has been nabbed by the operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command . He was reportedly arrested in his hideout in a polytechnic hostel.
The arrest of Onyewuchi, who is also suspected to be a serial killer , made residents of Owerri to jubilate, including police officers who gathered to have a glimpse of him .
Southern City News gathered that the suspect , who had escaped arrests, had been on the wanted list of the police for a long time.
According to a police source , who does not want his name in print, Onyebuchi was nabbed on Saturday at Solo Lodge hostel located around Federal Polytechnic, Nekede.
The hostel, until his arrest , served as his hiding place after deadly operations .
“ In order to beat police investigation, he uses that hostel as a hiding place after deadly operations . He pretends to be a student . He knew police were tracking him .
“ So, he does not have a phone. He borrows phones to make calls if there were needs for telephone conversation, ” the source told Southern City News .
The suspect, the source added , was responsible for the kidnapping of a popular gospel singer , Chinedu Nwadike , and one Rev. Columba Okereke in August 2017 .
“ In August , 2017 , a gang of armed robbers and kidnappers led by Godwin Onyebuchi , who operates between Imo and Abia states , abducted a popular gospel singer , Chinedu Nwadike, and Rev . Columba Okereke.
“ The gang collected the Lexus 350 model car of one of their victims while a ransom of N5 m was paid .
The hoodlums equally collected other valuables from the victims .
“ Acting on intelligence, the operatives of Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command, led by their commander , SP Victor Godfrey , swooped on him at his hideout, Solo Lodge hostel, Nekede, on Saturday and arrested him . On sighting the F -SARS operatives , he jumped down from the three -storey building and broke one of his legs ,” the source further disclosed.
Our correspondent gathered that the suspect was rushed to police clinic , Amakaohia, Owerri , where he was receiving medical attention.
It was gathered that two kidnap victims and the suspect ’s gang members in the police detention had identified him as the ring leader .
Confirming the arrest , the State Commissioner of Police , Chris Ezike , said the robust onslaught against criminals and their hideout was ongoing in the state .
“The suspect has been on the wanted list of the command. Acting on intelligence, we have to arrest him . He will be ready to answer for all his atrocities .
As a command , we will continue to ensure that Imo people enjoy their sleeps, ” the state/ CP said .