March 07, 2018 02:05 pm
The secretary of ONELGA Security Planning and Advisory Committee (OSPAC), Emeka Agbabere was arraigned at a magistrate court in Port Harcourt yesterday for kidnapping. The vigilante group leader was arrested last week by the Department of State Security for allegedly detaining the bank manager of a commercial bank in Omoku for longer than necessary.
According to the police, Mr. Emeka along with some other members of OSPAC who are on the run demanded for confidential information about the bank from the manager. The presiding Chief Magistrate, A.O. Amadi Nna remanded the OSPAC executive to prison custody, and directed that the DSS to hand over the case file to the Department of Public Prosecution.
Emeka Agbabere is facing two count charges of conspiracy and kidnap. The court has adjourned the case indefinitely, and the Department of Public Prosecution is expected to file a case before a high court for hearing.
OSPAC is a local vigilante group operating in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, Rivers State. They assisted security agents in the manhunt for Ejima Igwedibia ‘Don Waney,’ who was later killed in January by a joint operation involving the DSS, and the army. A member of the Don Waney gang who participated in the New Year Day massacre in Omoku told the police that members of the vigilante group were the initial targets of the operation.