Rivers State Police apprehended members of a prison gang that focuses on luring ladies they meet on social media, kidnaps them, rapes them, then forces their relations to pay a ransom earlier than releasing them .
In a launched assertion, State Police Command spokeswoman Grace Iringe-Koko mentioned the 2 gang members, Ikechi Promise and Darlington Obi, had been individually arrested by the police intelligence unit. police in Igwurita and Choba, Ikwerre and Obio/Akpor. native authorities areas of the state, respectively. In accordance with her, the suspects lured unsuspecting ladies on the lookout for relationships by way of chats on a preferred social media platform, Tinder.
She mentioned their luck ran out when the identical remedy was inflicted on a 28-year-old girl, whom they kidnapped and brought to Chokocho, Port Harcourt the place they raped her, stole her two iPhones and a Samsung cell phone, and picked up a ransom of 600,000 naira from her relations earlier than releasing her.
“Brokers from the c4i intelligence unit on January 6, 2023 at roughly 8:30 p.m. arrested a 30-year-old Ikechi Promise and a 35-year-old Darlington Obi.
Their arrest is expounded to their latest operation on December 20, 2022, at roughly 7:45 p.m., when a 28-year-old girl was lured from Igwurita Market Junction, kidnapped and brought to Chokocho Pipeline, the place the identical kidnapping syndicate raped and picked up his two iPhones and a Samsung cellphone.
The abductors then collected a ransom of 600,000 naira from his relations earlier than his launch on December 21, 2022.
The suspects confessed that their modus operandi was to draw ladies by way of Tinder chats for relationships.
Based mostly on relentless follow-ups, kidnappers syndicate gang chief, Promise Nwaobiri, 32, was tracked down and arrested within the Choba space close to Port Harcourt on January 9, 2023, at round 1 p.m. The seek for the fugitive suspects kicks into excessive gear.
Iringe-Koko mentioned the state police command has obtained quite a few stories of girls being lured and kidnapped by way of social media platforms. She referred to as on ladies within the state to be cautious of social media relationships that require them to journey to fulfill individuals they have not bodily seen or met earlier than.