From Angela Nkwo-Akpolu (Owerri)
A newly wedded man from Imo State, Collins Ezenwa, popularly called a�?E-Moneya�?, has been shot dead by the operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad during a shootout with kidnap kingpins.
Collins who wedded last November was said to have gone underground alleging that he had travelled to Malaysia for greener pastures.
According to Sixtus Okechukwu in a Facebook post, a�?E-Moneya�? returned in December ostensibly very rich and making everyone green with envy over his new acquired wealth.
However, last Sunday, the police gunned him down during a shootout to apprehend a dreaded kidnap syndicate.
The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem told The AUTHORITY that a�?E-Moneya�? alongside two others were killed while three others were arrested alive during a crossfire with operatives.
Enwerem explained that the gang was dreadful like that of late Henry Nwabueze, popularly called Vampire, adding that they were so sophisticated that they operated using special number plates, to beat the unsuspecting public.
a�?E-Moneya�? was allegedly so rich that he bought and gave out cars to people during the last Yuletide.
Also, another member of the kidnap syndicate, Chinwendu Sylvester, 24, from Olori Amaraku in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area, who allegedly operated as the driver, said that he took to kidnapping after Governor Rochas Okorocha demolished his business at Ekeonunwa Market, Owerri.
Chinwendu said that his clothing shop was demolished and he approached a friend who introduced him to the syndicate, where he operated as the driver.
According to him, he has spent three years at the Owerri Prisons for robbery related offences.
He said: “When a job pays, he pays us according to the role we played. One of our victims paid N2million and he gave me about N380,000. From December till date, he gave me above N600,000 in all the operations.”
A police source told newsmen that the gang leader accumulated millions via the crime, saying that “it is unfortunate that we could not capture him alive. He was a multi-millionaire, he bought cars and gave out some to communities where he received chieftaincy tittles.”