Ifeanyi Asiegbuelam, a member of the known kidnapper’s gang, Collins Ezenwa, also known as electronic money, has made shocking revelations about the gang’s activities.
The electronic money was killed in Atta in the Ikeduru local government area of Imo state in January 2018.
Ezenwa, a former police officer-turned-bandit and some foot soldiers were shot dead by officers from the Special Robbery Squad (SARS) on Saturday, January 27.
Ifeanyi, 32, currently in the custody of officers from the Police Inspector General’s Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), said Ezenwa was killed after one of his boys, Chinwendu, killed him.
He told reporters over the weekend that Chinwendu acted a script that the police gave him after his arrest for kidnapping.
Ifeanyi said that without knowing that Chinwendu had been caught, Ezenwa asked him to bring some weapons for an operation.
The policemen, who had been monitoring Chinwendu’s phone, gave him a place where several officers had taken up positions.
Ifeanyi recalled that she was with Ezenwa the day they went to collect Chinwendu’s weapons, but ran into the bushes when officers opened fire.
“We did not know that Chinwendu had been arrested and was in the SARS custody of the Imo State Police. While we were calling Chinwendu, the police forced him to tell Ezenwa, De-Don, PA and me to meet at a place where we could pick up the rifle and proceed to the operation, ”said The Eagle Online.
“When we got there, the electronic money detected danger, stopped his SUV, and started running. De-Don and PA joined him. The police chased them and shot them. I escaped to a nearby bush. It was after the last arrest that I realized that electronic money had made so much money from our business, but it left me a poor man.
Ifeanyi confessed that the gang operated in Imo and Abia states and kidnapped several wealthy people.
The suspect said that he and E-money had been close friends for five years before the deceased enlisted in the Nigerian Police.
Ifeanyi, from Attah city, revealed that they were both motorcycle operators in Owerri and that he never had a secondary education because his father died when he was in primary school.
He said: “The first operation, we went out with the Prado SUV tinged with electronic money. We headed to Okigwe, where we kidnapped a man. I don’t know how the electronic money got information about him, but I heard him talking to someone on the phone. Person gave him a description of the clothes the victim was wearing and the type of car he was driving.
“In plain sight, we locked his car and dragged him outside. We put him in the E-money car and left. Electronic money asked me to blindfold the man. When we approached my town, he asked me to come down and then he gave me N50,000. I didn’t know where he took the man, how many days he was held captive, or the ransom. “
Asiegbuelam recalled that two weeks later, Ezenwa came looking for him and they went to Umuahia, Abia state, where they kidnapped a man.
“On our way back to Owerri, Ezenwa again asked me to come down and gave me N50,000. This time, he told me that he was heading to Enugu state, that he had a hotel there. He said he would keep the victim there. I did not ask him. I just took the money and left. A few days later, he called and came to pick me up. We went to Orlu and kidnapped a man who was driving a Toyota Highlander.
“Electronic money brought the man to my house in Ikeduru and kept him there for two days. He gave me N50,000, a Pump Action pistol, and asked me to keep an eye on the man. He returned and took the man away. He has seven men, including me, working for him. He had two Pump Action pistols; bought AK-47 rifles from a man in Aba, Abia state. We met the man in the bush, paid and picked up the rifles.
Ifeanyi reported that the men who work for Ezenwa are sometimes divided into two gangs. He belonged to the gang that had De-Don and PA as members, while the second gang has Chimobi, Chiwendu, and Ugo.
“After Ezenwa and others were killed. I ran to Owerri and then got a call from Ugo, who was holding one of the electronic money rifles. In our first operation, we kidnapped a woman along Onitsha Road. While we took the woman to our camp, some policemen harassed us. There was a shooting and Ugo’s friend was killed. Ugo escaped, but Chimobi and I were arrested. He suffered a bullet wound.
“They handcuffed us and kept us in an open cell. I don’t know how he got the keys we use to unlock our handcuffs and escaped. I ran to Rivers State, but I don’t know where Chimobi ran. I lived in Calabar with a friend for seven months and went to the farm with him. I was arrested at his home and taken to Owerri before they brought me to Lagos and turned me over to the IRT. “