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The South-East Kidnap King – The Inside Story of Operation That Killed Vampire

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, MNI, concerned with the spate of kidnapping and other violent crimes in imo and other Southeastern States deployed Police Special Forces led by Intelligence Response Team that killed “Vampire”.

The Police Special Forces working under the supervision of the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Police Command swooped on the hideout of Henry Chibueze aka “Vampire” and his other gang and engaged them in the early hours of March 2, 2017 at Omu-Awa forest Ikwerre L.G.A of Rivers State.

This operation was successfully carried out as the dreaded, vicious and kidnap for ransom and armed robbery kingpin, Henry Chibueze aka “Vampire” and his gang who were rescued by his criminal cohorts from the Owerri High Court premises on January 01, 2017 from the custody of Officers of the Nigeria Prisons Service died during the shootout with the Police Special Forces and all the suspects mentioned below were arrested and the exhibits listed recovered from them.

The Suspects are Listed Below…

(i) Henry Chibueze AKA “Vampire” Leader of the Kidnapping Gang (Died in Gun Duel with the Police)

(ii) Obinna Elah ‘Male’ 26-years, Native of Orlu LGA Imo State- 2nd in Command of the Kidnap Gang.

(iii) Arinze Abecheta ‘Male’ 24-years, Native of Ohohia, Isiala Mbano LGA, Imo State.

(iv) Chukwuebuka Ikeazota ‘Male’ 23-years, Native of Ohohia, Isiala Mbano LGA, Imo State.

(v) Samuel Ugochukwu ‘Male’ 24-years, Native of Arochukwu LGA, Abia State.

(vi) Clifford Aheana ‘Male’ of Omu Awa Ikwerre LGA, Rivers State.


(i) Five (5) AK-47 rifles

(ii) Three Hundred Rounds of AK-47 ammunition.

(iii) Charm recovered from the body of the deceased leader of the gang.

Henry Chibueze aka “Vampire” (deceased) was a cultist who later turned a vicious and dangerous kidnapped/armed robber, and was declared wanted since 2013. He was responsible for several cases of kidnappings, armed robberies, murder of notable and prominent personalities in Imo State and South-Eastern/South-South State of Nigeria.

He had earlier confessed to the murder of his girlfriend Sandra and eight (8) other members of her family, among six (6) children in Lagos State. He alleged that the girl friend stole his 45 million Naira of 110 million Naira ransom paid by the family of one of his victim in Omoku, Rivers State.

He is a serial killer who always confessed to have killed over Two Hundred (200) people in various kidnapping and armed robbery attacks. He claimed responsibility for the murder of the following persons;

  • Placid Ejimadu (Nze ji Obi)
  • Jonathan Ibemere aka Gwuogwuo
  • Livinus Iwumune all natives of Agbaja Nwangele L.G.A, Imo State.
  • The killing of an Honorable member of Imo State House of Assembly at Orji in 2015.
  • The kidnap/murder of a traditional rulers’ wife from Mbaise in 2015 whose corpse has not been seen till date.
  • The kidnap and murder of a man from Malaysia at First Bank World Bank Branch, Owerri, Imo State.
  • The killing of 3 members of a family including a woman from Nkwerrre is 2012 after collecting ransom from the family.

The living members of the Henry Chibueze aka “Vampire” (deceased) gang have made useful statements to the police confession and admitting to have carried out four (4) successful kidnap operations after the rescue of their gang leader at the Owerri High Court premises. They will all be charged to court on completion of investigation.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) wishes to assure the good people of Imo State and other states of the Federation of adequate security and implore them to co-operate with the police personnel deployed in their very localities.

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