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The Rivers state Police command Friday paraded a notorious cult leader Mitchel Tamuno and two of his gang members for alleged cult activities and kidnapping of a 14 year-old JS2, female student of a Unity School in the state.
The victim, (name withheld), was reportedly abducted on her way from evening service, April 14, 2016 around her Abuloma residence in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of the state, and was taken to Elimgbu Community in Obio/Akpor LGA of the state and where she was detained for four days.
Her captors demanded N10 million ransom from her father who is a Pastor, the sum was yet to be raised before she escaped from the kidnappers’ den, and was taken to a nearby Police station.
Her abduction and escape led to the arrest of the criminal gang which allegedly holds sway within the Trans-Amadi and Abuloma areas of the state.
Parading the criminals, spokesman of the command, Ahmad Muhammad, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said Tamuno, leader of the dreaded Iceland cult group and his members have long terrorised the area with their criminal activities, including kidnapping and collecting of huge ransom from innocent residents, including their own relatives.
He said one of the suspects Godwin Pina, who is also the informant in several kidnap cases in the area as well as the student’s was arrested when he went to cash the sum of N50, 000 paid into their(kidnappers), account for the feeding and upkeep of their victim, pending when the ransom money would be raised and paid.
According to Muhammad four AK-47 rifle and hundreds rounds of live ammunitions were recovered from them. He assured that peace and tranquility have returned to the area since their arrest and residents could now sleep with their two eyes closed.
He said, the Police last month arrested 70 suspected kidnappers, cultists and armed robbers across the state. A total of 25 of them were killed in a shootout with the Police, and 11 AK 47 rifles, 17 other assorted firearms and 480 different live ammunition recovered from the suspected criminals.
He assured that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as possible.