Obinna Anusiem from Umuima Atta in Imo state’s Njaba Local Government Area was arrested for allegedly faking the abduction of his wife, Chinyere, and their two children.
Anusiem, 34, was among the 28 suspects arrested in Imo by the Police Command, and on Friday paraded in Owerri for suspected crimes.
The state’s new Police Commissioner (CP), Mr. Isaac Akinmoyede, told journalists that the suspect claimed that his brother, Okechukwu Anusie, abducted his wife and two children on April 12 at Njaba Police Station.
However, Akinmoyede said that after the Anti-Kidnapping Unit’s “discreet investigation,” it was discovered that the perpetrator (complainant) was in fact behind the suspected aduction.
He said it was further discovered that the suspect was hiding his wife and children at his in-law home in the area’s Okwudor community.
“He hid them there and maliciously accused Okechukwu of kidnapping them because of land dispute and other family misunderstandings,” the police chief said.
“He admitted to having committed the offence. The defendant appears in court shortly.
The suspect said that he faked the kidnap to punish his cousin who he accused of selling their family land and diverting the proceeds to his personal account without giving him a dime.
“I did not kidnap my wife and children. I only took them to my wife’s place because I want the police to arrest him for selling our land. Please forgive me,” Obinna said.
The new CP said he would adopt the community policing strategy in fighting crime in the state.
He said, “Imo is peaceful. I met a peaceful atmosphere when I came but I will not allow any criminal to operate freely in the state.”
He also warned officers and men of the command against human rights abuse and receiving bribe.
According to him, any operative caught indulging in sharp practices will face severe sanctions.