Kidnapped Firm Boss’s Mother Regains Freedom

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    THE septuagenarian mother of the Chief Executive of JUHEL Pharmaceutical Company, Madam Helen Okoye, who was abducted on Thursday, October 14, has been freed by men of the Anambra State Police Command.
    Madam Okoye was kidnapped by four armed gunmen at about 8 pm in the family’ home in Agulu  in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.
    Her kidnap nearly marred President Goodluck Jonathan’s’ commissioning of JUHEL drug manufacturing company, following frantic efforts by the chief executive to secure the release of his mother.
    A source said it was only made possible when a ransom of N3.5 million was allegedly paid before she was eventually released.
    But a police source disclosed that three of the gang of four kidnappers who kidnapped the 76-year-old woman have been arrested.
    The source further disclosed that the kidnappers had earlier  demanded the sum of N100 million for her release, but later came down to N3.5 million which was allegedly paid before her release.
    The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Philemon Leha who briefed newsmen yesterday in Awka , announced that the suspects, Emeka Mbachi (25), Chinonso Ibezim (21) and Chukwueke Ibezim (22) were arrestd at Avulu village in Mbaukwu in Awka South Council Area.
    Parading the suspects at the command headquarters yesterday, Leha said between September 1 and  October 21, the command arrested 31 kidnappers and rescued about 10 victims. He also said five kidnappers were killed in a gun battles with the police, while the command arrested 52 suspected armed robbers, killed six, and recovered about 18 vehicles.
    “The downward slide in kidnapping and the attendant peace and tranquility that is gradually returning to the state is an eloquent testimony that our renewed commitment and strategies are working.
    “I want to also inform all Anambrarians that the command is at their service and our unbridled desire to rid the State of criminal elements is not in doubt,â€

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