The Imo State Police Command has rescued the Chairman of Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, Ifeanyi Odimegwu and his son, Tochi, who were kidnapped alongside their driver Boniface Uche, who were kidnapped along the Owerri-Port Harcourt Expressway in the early hours of Sunday.
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, disclosed this in Owerri on Tuesday, explaining that the abduction occurred at the Umuapu axis of the expressway while the LGA boss, his son and driver were returning to Owerri after a church programme in Rivers State.
The CP said, “The LGA boss was kidnapped while returning from Elele in Rivers State after an all night church service. He was kidnapped alongside his driver, Boniface Uche, and his son, Tochi at Umuapu nipping point. On hearing gunshots, policemen on duty swiftly swung into action.
“On getting to the scene, the police operatives gave the hoodlums a hot chase leading to the rescue of the son of the LGA boss and his driver. Some eyewitnesses mobilised by my men and assisted by members of vigilante group at Ihie and Obrugo communities moved into Umuapu thick forest.”
According to Mr. Galadanchi, the kidnappers had on sighting policemen abandoned the LGA chairman in the forest and vanished with his bag containing money, phones and important documents.