Following the sensational escape of the alleged dreaded criminal, Chibuzor Henry, alias Vampire at the High Court premises in Owerri, Imo State, the state police command weekend raided the Owerri Prisons and recovered 264 mobile telephone sets from the prison inmates.
The raid followed alleged credible information that another dreaded kidnapper in the prisons was running his gang from his place of confinement.
According to sources, the suspect who was simply identified as Uju, had been running his criminal gang from the prisons through the telephone lines. Policemen had intercepted a telephone discussion between Uju and his gang members, as he was directing them to stop kidnapping business along the Owerri- Port Harcourt expressway and move to Avu – Umuokanni Road, following incessant disturbance by policemen along the former.
Acccording to Vanguard, apart from the Pump Action gun, Uju was also further said to have used the proceeds from kidnapping to purchase two oil mills which had been extracting palm oil for the villagers and yielding proceeds for him.
The information was said to have filtered to the Imo State Police Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, who ordered his men to raid the prisons and search all the inmates, leading to the recovery of the 264 telephone sets alleged to have been illegally smuggled into the prisons.
Lakanu’s attention was said to have been drawn to the issue by security men who informed him that they were under pressure by two powerful men including a serving judge and a bishop to effect Uju’s release from the prisons.