Jubilation rock Imo State as the corpse of Henry Chibueze (Vampire) – who died during a gun battle with the police – was brought to the state Police Headquarter yesterday.
The notorious kidnapper, robber and serial killer along with his gangsters have reportedly killed over 200 people, and Vampire himself confessed how he murdered his girlfriend and eight members of her family in Lagos.
This was confirmed by the police who said the criminal had earlier admitted to the killing of his girlfriend, Sandra, and eight members of her family, among them six children. According to the police spokesperson, CSP Jimoh Moshood,
“He [Chibueze] alleged that the girlfriend stole his N45 million share of N110 million ransom paid by the family of one of his victims in Omoku, Rivers State.”
As described by the Police, Vampire was a cultist who later turned into a vicious and dangerous kidnapper and armed robber. It’s been three years after he was first declared wanted in 2013 for many cases of kidnappings, robberies, the murder of notable and prominent personalities in Imo and other South Eastern and the South-South States.
“He is a serial killer who also confessed to have killed over 200 people in various kidnappings and armed robbery attacks.
“He claimed responsibility for the murder of the following persons; Placid Ejimadu (Nze Ji Obi), Jonathan Ibemere aka gwuogwuo and Livinus Iwumune all natives of Agbaja Nwangele Local Government in Imo.
“He killed a member of the Imo State House of Assembly at Orji in 2015, and murdered the wife of the traditional ruler of Mbaise in 2015. The woman’s corpse had not been seen till date.”
Other crimes committed by the robber include the kidnap and murder of a man from Malaysia at First Bank, World Bank Branch, Owerri, and killing of three members of a family; a woman from Nkwere in 2012 after collecting ransom from the family.
Along with Vampire’s corpse were five members of his gang, Obinna Elah, 26, from Orlu and Vampire’s second in command; Arinze Abecheta, 24, from Okohia, Isiala Mbano Local Government; and Chukwuebuka Ikeazota, 23, and Samuel Ugochukwu, 24, both from Arochukwu in Abia; Clifford Aheana from Omu Awa in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers.
The Police also displayed five AK 47 rifles, 300 rounds of AK 47 ammunition recovered from the notorious gang, after they were arrested at about 1 a.m on Thursday by a special police squad after a gun battle at Omu Awa Forest in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers.
Statement released by the spokesman said,
“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 gang and engaged them in a fierce gun battle that lasted several hours.
“This operation was successfully carried out as the dreaded, vicious and kidnap for ransom and armed robbery kingpin, Chibueze died during the shootout with the Police Special Forces and all the other suspects mentioned above were arrested and the exhibits listed recovered from them.”
It was recalled that Chibueze was rescued by his criminal cohorts from the Owerri High Court premises on Jan. 27, while in the custody of Officers of the Nigeria Prisons Service.
Moshood said the Vampire gang will be charged to court after other useful confessions are extracted from them as well as thorough investigations are carried out. Already the gang confessed they had conducted four successful kidnap operations after the rescue of their gang leader from the court.