By Ifeanyi Okolie
The Notorious kidnapper, Henry Chibueze, also known as, Vampire who escaped from prison custody on January 27,2017, when some gunmen believed to be his gang members stormed the Owerri High Court in Imo State and rescued him, killing two persons while many others sustained bullet wounds, has been killed in a gun duel with the police.
Vanguard gathered that the 30-year-old suspect, met his waterloo, around 1:30am today, when operatives from the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, who were deployed to Imo State, by the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, to track down Vimpaire and other members of his gang, trailed him to his hideout in Omu-Awa forrest in Ikwerre, Local Government Area of Rivers State.
‘Vampire’ and other inmates
Vanguard also learned that five other members of his gang, whose identities were yet unknown, were also arrested by the IRT operatives led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, in Imo, Abia and Rivers States.
The suspects who are currently being being detained at the Imo State Police Command, Owerri, were said to have confessed during interrogation to have been behind the rescuing of Vampire from Owerri High Court.
The suspects also admitted to have carried out four kidnappings within Imo State and it environ after they rescued Vimpaire from prisons custody.
Sources disclosed that a police sergeant attached to IRT, and three members of kidnap gang also sustained multiple bullet wounds during exchange of gun fire between the kidnappers and the police.
Meanwhile recalled that the Nigeria security community was thrown into confusion in January, following the successful rescue operation of Vimpaire, who was first arrested by men of Directorate of State Security, DSS in 2015 when he attempted to kidnap some Judges attached to the Imo State Electoral Tribunal.
They were counter blames between officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service and other security agencies over the successful rescue of the suspect.
A bounty of N5million was offered by the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, for any information that could laed to his arrest, but Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, swiftly deployed his operatives from the IRT to track down the fleeing suspect.
Also recalled that on the 16 of February 2013, Vampire stormed the home of his girlfriend, Sandra Ijedinma, at Igando area of Lagos State, with an AK47 assault rifle and opened fire on everyone present in the apartment, killing his girlfriend, her elder sister, Praise Ozor and her two children.
Not satisfied, Henry proceeded to a nearby street where one of Sandra’s elder sisters resided and killed the woman and three of her children, before fleeing.
But while the search for him went cold in Lagos, Henry, was said to have regrouped with his gang in Imo State and they coordinated several kidnappings in the South East and South South, where he kidnapped over 200 persons, killing most of his victims, including the wife of a royal father in Imo State and an official of the Imo State Environmental Transformation Commission.
However, luck ran out on him, when he attempted to kidnap the tribunal Judges, handling Election Petition in Imo State, at their lodge, in Disney Hotels, along Onitsha -Owerri Road.
Operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, acting on a tip-off swooped on him, but he managed to escape with bullet wounds.
He was eventually apprehended at the house of his elder brother’s wife, in Ohafia, Abia State,where he had gone to treat himself.
While in prison in February 2016, Vampire was said to have converted a servicing official of the Nigeria Prisons Service, in Owerri Prison, where he is been detained on awaiting trial and formed a new kidnap gang that could help him raise money for his bail.
The prison official identified as Chukwuma Agim, assembled a six-man gang headed by one Chiboy also known as Eze Ekudele and they carried out several operations in Imo State.
In one of their operations, they abducted a middle-aged woman and got a ransom of N5million.
After that operation, operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), headed by ACP, Abba Kyari, rounded up five members of the gang, including the prison official in various parts of Imo State.