Operatives of the Anambra State Police Command have rescued a kidnapped victim, Jideofor Attama and arrested two suspected kidnappers.
Spokesperson of the command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said the kidnappers abducted Attama last week along Nnewi road and demanded N10m ransom from his family.
“Anambra State Police Command operatives, on 17/5/2022 rescued a kidnap victim, one Jideofor Attama aged 32yrs ‘M’ from Igboetiti of Enugu State,” the statement read.
“Mr Attama was abducted on 14/5/2022 at about 10pm along Nnewi road in his Rava 4 jeep, by a gang of five armed men operating with a Toyota Sienna vehicle, with Registration number KGE 117 PZ Imo State, ash Colour and whisked away to an unknown destination.
“The kidnap gang were in fact already asking for Ten (#10) million naira ransom from the victim’s family but fortunately, the victim escaped from where he was kept and alerted the security guards in the area. The police operatives were also contacted and immediately came to his rescue
“Following the successful rescue of the victim, the police operatives arrested two of the suspects, one Chukwudere Eze, aged 30years, ‘M’ of Ogbunka in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State and Raphael Obasi aged 40years, ‘M’ of Arodizuogu in Imo State. The operatives also recovered brown Toyota Sienna.”
“In another development on 16/5/2022, at about 4:30pm, the Command, while responding to a distress call on the attack on the vigilante office, engaged some hoodlums in a gun duel along Ifite road, Awka.
“In a bid to flee from the Police operatives, the gunmen abandoned three of their vehicles one brown Lexus Jeep, black Toyota Corolla, without registration number and a brown Mercedes Benz with registration number AA 274 EYF.
“Unfortunately, during the encounter four vigilante operatives sustained fatal wounds. The Police also recovered one automatic Pump action gun, thirty rounds of of AK-47 live ammunition, six live cartridges and one live SMG ammunition.”
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng has restated the Command’s unwavering commitment in the fight against crime and criminality in Anambra State and calls for continuous support, especially through timeous information to the Police and other law enforcement agencies.