- Two others suspects arrested for international child pornography
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohamed Adamu has said that the action plan being implemented by the Police Force to curb Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, particularly all forms of abuse on women and children in the country is yielding positive results.
The IGP made the affirmation on the heels of the arrest of five (5) members of a kidnap gang for ransom gang.
The SUSPECTS specialize in the abduction of women and the girl child, sexually abusing them and obtaining ransom from their families before their release.
The five (5) suspects were arrested by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team following a massive manhunt by the Force for the perpetrators of the recent trend of the abduction of women in some states in the South-South part of the country, especially Port Harcourt and its environs.
The victims were subjected to a series of sexual abuses.
Ransom was also demanded from their families before their release.
The suspects were identified as Osinachi Ngwakwe 22yrs old from Ubaka Community in Umahia South in Abia State, Sammy Junior Inordee popularly called T-Boy 27yrs and from Gwarra Community in Khana, Rivers State, Epo-Bari Nwolu 26yrs old from Ogale Community in Eleme, Rivers State, Jabari Gbarale 29yrs old from Gwara community, Khana, Rivers State and Barine Yilda who is 36 years old and also called “Albino or Yellow” from Gwara community in Khana, Rivers State.
Police investigations revealed that the suspects only target and trail females driving expensive cars shopping malls, office premises and other vulnerable places to targeted locations before abducting them.
Standard Gazette learned that in the hideouts, the SUSPECTS would sexually abuse their victims before demanding ransoms from their families to facilitate their release.
They also allegedly sell off the snatched exotic cars.
Standard Gazette crime correspondent FESTUS Alenkhe who spotted a press statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba said 4 AK47 rifles, one (1) double-barrel shotgun and set of military camouflage uniforms suspected to have been illegally acquired were recovered.
Police said the force has intensified strong efforts to arrest other fleeing members of the gang and recover more weapons and stolen vehicles.
Also, Operatives of the Nigeria Police, INTERPOL, National Central Bureau (NCB) Abuja have arrested three Kano based suspects: Ibrahim Muazzam Mohammad Aminu and Mohammad Tahir Umar.
Investigations reveal that the suspects are members of a trans-border and international child porn syndicate which sexually abuse and take undue advantage of underage girls and disseminate the video recordings of the illicit sexual act on an international social media Whatsapp group chat known as “Pervertidos”, owned and managed by a Brazilian called Adriana.
Their arrest followed intelligence report received from the INTERPOL NCB, Brasilia.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects include three (3) mobile phones and a Laptop computer. Forensic investigations and analysis carried out by the Police team on the gadgets revealed the series of pornographic and erotic videos with underage girls which the suspects shared on the internet for a fee denominated in US Dollars.
Meanwhile, the IGP notes that a total of two thousand, seven hundred and ninety-two (2,792) suspects were arrested by the Police for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and other sexual related offences in the year 2020.
The arrests are linked to the two thousand, five hundred and seventy-three (2,573) cases currently being prosecuted under the Force Gender Unit in various courts across Nigeria.
Others are still under active investigations.
The police head enjoins parents and guardians to keep a close watch on their children and wards and report any incidents of abuse against women and children.
He expresses his displeasure with the prevailing culture of silence in concealing crimes against women and children and calls for improved collaboration with the Police, assuring that the Force is well repositioned to protect women and children and confront violent crimes in the country.
All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations.