PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group arrests members of Nigerian Kidnapping Syndicate operating in PHL

Operatives from Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) and Bulacan Provincial Police Office arrested three members of Nigerian Kidnapping Syndicate Tuesday, June 16 in Plaridel, Bulacan. The said group of Nigerian kidnappers are victimizing fellow Nigerian nationals, the state-run news agency reports.

Three arrested Nigerian suspects were identified as Ifeanyi Augustine Chinwueba, Martin Okofor and Austin Chukuwueba Agu.

AKG Director Senior Superintendent Roberto B. Fajardo said two victims arrived at San Fernando, La Union last June 9. Both victims went to the Philippines for college education.

After seven days of being captured, the victims were able to escape and reported the incident to the Pulilan Police Station in Bulacan.

The AKG and Bulacan Police then accompanied the victims to the safehouse of Nigerian Kidnapping Syndicate in Plaridel, Bulacan resulting to the arrest of three suspects.

“The investigators are now conducting in-depth investigation in coordination with the INTERPOL, Bureau of Immigration (BI) and Department of Foreign Affairs to further study the background of the arrested suspects,” AKG Director Fajardo said.

Prior to the arrest, June 11, Aloysiius Esonau Osuji, a British national contacted the Philippine Embassy in United Kingdom to report that his nephews were kidnapped upon arrival. The kidnappers reportedly demanded for six million Nigerian dollar (PhP 1,358,000).