By Charles C. Opara
Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bala Nasarawa has arrested most wanted suspected kidnapping and armed robbery kingpin in Anambra State, 36 year -old Mr. Olisagbo Ifedike. For the few months he had been in charge of the state police command, Nasarawa had had his usual fair share of the proverbial Baptismal fire from the men of the underworld in the state.
Over the years, the CPs that had been posted to the state had the same kind of Baptism as the hoodlums would create so much tension in the state once the new man takes charge. Such actions went a long way to reminding the new CP of what to encounter in the state.
When the present CP arrived, he saw in the files, pending cases of kidnapped traditional ruler of Adazi Nnukwu, that of the traditional ruler of Ihembosi, the attack on two police stations at Amichi and Ukpor, both in Nnewi South local government area, among others.
But barely after few months of settling down in the state, there was the issue of the kidnapping of the traditional ruler of Ukpo in Dunukofia local government area, Igwe Robbert Eze, the murder of five police policemen at Okija in Ihiala local government area, the killing of three policemen at Ozubulu and other high profile kidnapping incidents in many parts of the state.
At every available opportunity, the CP called on the people to provide his men with the necessary information that could lead to the arrest of the men of the underworld.
The appeal, however, paid off early this week when some group of people who was said to be worried about the happenings at Orafitite in Ekwusigo local government area of the state where Olisa Ifedike has been celebrating crime for years. In fact, it was said that almost every crime committed in the state had his signature as members of his gang are scattered all over the state and beyond.
Nasarawa said: “This suspect has been a most wanted armed robbery/kidnapping kingpin responsible for series of high profile kidnappings, armed robberies and murder, including the kidnap of Igwe of Ihembosi in Ekwusigo local government area and the recent kidnap of the traditional ruler of Ukpo in Dunukofia local government area, Igwe Robbert Eze. His gang is also responsible for the killing of five policemen at Okija, as well as murder of three policemen at Ozubulu and the violent attack on Amichi and Ukpor police divisions in Nnewi South local government area.”
According to CP Nasarawa, some of the guns and ammunition recovered at Ifedike’s house were those carted away when the gang invaded the police stations at Amichi and Ukpor during which the two stations were razed down by the hoodlums.
Those who know Ifedike say he exhibits stupendous wealth and claims to be doing business in Ghana, but his actual business is kidnapping of people and collecting million of naira as ransom.
At the last count, he was said to have used the money made from kidnapping people to build hotels in Ghana, Rivers, Abia and Anambra and parades fleet of SUV cars. The mansion he built in his village which was demolished on Wednesday, was built within few months. At the time of his arrest, he was said to be coming into his compound with three SUV cars and blaring siren. All that has ended as he is now cooling off in a police cell.