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SSS Arrest Ozekhome’s Kidnapper
By Jefferson Ibiwale
Reports just reaching icirnigeria.org indicate that the State Security Service, SSS, has arrested the man believed to have masterminded the kidnap of human rights lawyer, Mike Ozhekome.
Reliable security sources said that the kidnap kingpin, whose name was given as Kelvin Oburuvbe, is the leader of a kidnap ring that operates in Edo and Delta states.
He was reportedly kidnapped in Benin on Wednesday by security operatives who had been on his trail, after a tip off.
The source could, however, not say if any other suspect was arrested along with Oburuvbe who is being interrogated at the SSS headquarters in Benin.
It will be recalled that Ozhekome and his driver were abducted on August 24 along Benin Auchi road and held for three weeks before being released after an unspecified ransom was paid by his family to the kidnappers.
After his release, the lawyer had advocated the granting of amnesty to kidnappers, adding that his abductors were young educated men frustrated by the Nigerian society.