The Imo state Police Command has arrested a man who allegedly specializes in the kidnapping of elderly persons aged 80 and above.
Patrick Bori was arrested by the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad ollowing the abduction of Reginald Nkwocha, 84, of Umuanyika Community in the Ngor Okpala Local Government Area, Adolphus Akagha, 94, of Umuele Irete in Owerri West Council Area, and Dorathy Nkwo, 82, of Ntu in Ngor Okpala Council Area of Imo State.
Bori, 34, popularly known as Bori, operated with one Uchenna Emerenjo also from the same community.
Briefing journalists on Thursday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dasuki Galandanchi, said the suspect was arrested following the kidnap of the three victims: Nkwocha, Akagha and Nkwo on November 21, 2017, November 29, 2017 and May 7, 2018 respectively.
The CP said, “Following the kidnap of the three persons, operatives of the Anti-kidnapping Unit through a tactically coordinated operation on May 23, 2018 tracked down the suspect in connection with the crime.”
The police boss further stated that the suspect kidnapped the elderly people with a view to forcing and collecting whopping ransoms from their children.
Galandanchi, who said that one pump-action rifle was recovered from Bori as an exhibit, noted that the suspect had confessed to the crime and other heinous criminal activities he had carried out with his gang in the state. The CP also stated that investigation was in progress.
Fielding questions from our correspondent, Bori confessed that he had realised over N50m from the illicit business.
On why he preferred elderly persons, Bori said, “They don’t have the strength to run away from my den. As you keep them there, so they stay till a ransom is paid.
I don’t have a fixed ransom. The ransom I collect depends on the worth of the victim. We don’t keep them long for fear of them giving up the ghost.”