July 27, 2021

The Imo state police command has arrested 34-year-old Nnamdi Ethelbert Ogidi pictured above, who is a member of a kidnapping syndicate that specializes in abducting older women and raping them while in his custody. Parading him before newsmen, the state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, said Ogidi was arrested after himself and his gang members kidnapped one 74-year old woman, Regina Nkwocha, from Umuanyika, Ngorokpala local government area of Imo state. They were negotiating a N20million ransom when detectives busted their hideout at Umuaguma in Owerri West, Imo state on May 23rd. Ogidi was arrested while the other members of his gang fled the scene. The police chief said on November 29, 2017, Ogidi and his gang members kidnapped Adulphus Akagha aged 94; on May 7, 2018, they kidnapped 65-year-old Dorothy Nkwo and demanded N5million ransom. She was later released after the family paid N500,000. When interrogated, Ogidi said himself and his gang members love to kidnap and rape older women because they are easy to control. 

“I am from Imo state and after dropping out of senior secondary school, I learnt how to become a mechanic. Along the line, I met bad friends who initiated me into the deadly cult group known as Debam fraternity. Most of them were into one bad thing or the other, so it was easy for me to join a gang of kidnappers who are also members of the cult. We derive pleasure in kidnapping elderly women and while their family members will be running around for ransom, we will take turns to rape the women. Our hideout is at Egbema local government. We prefer elderly women because it is easier to control them and their family members are always in a hurry to pay for their release” he said. Ogidi appealed to the older women he has kidnapped and raped in the past to forgive him. “I know that we have made a lot of money from kidnapping but because of the trauma that those women who are old enough to be my mother went through, I am sincerely sorry. I still hope that the police will arrest the others because I cannot face the consequence of our action alone.”

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