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Anambra police intercepted kidnapping gang, rescue victims

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The Anambra State Police Command said it intercepted a kidnap gang on Friday and rescued four men already abducted by the “dare-devil kidnappers.”

The state police spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, disclosed this in a press statement on Saturday, adding that the kidnappers were taking the victims to an unknown destination before they were intercepted.

Ikenga said the police operatives, while on patrol with the local vigilantes, intercepted the kidnappers along the Amagu-Awgbu Road in Orumba North Local Government Area as they were heading towards an exit route from the state.

He said, “The gang, which opened fire sporadically on sighting the patrol team, bowed to police-vigilante superior firepower. Two of the three vehicles the gang operated with were demobilised.

“While a remnant of the gang escaped in the third vehicle, other gangsters fled into the bush on foot with bullet wounds. One pump action gun was recovered during the encounter.

“Also recovered were two SUVs – one 2017 edition of Toyota Highlander with registration number Abuja GWA 141 KZ and one Mercedes Benz GLK 350 4Matic with registration number Anambra AGU 242 NQ.

“Preliminary inquiry revealed that the number plates on the Mercedes Benz  SUV were issued to a Toyota Sienna Spacewagon vehicle.”

The spokesperson added that “four abducted victims were rescued unhurt from the gang. Preliminary debriefing to ascertain circumstances of their abduction are ongoing.”

He added that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, who described the rescue of the victims as “heroic,” has commended the effective collaboration between the police and vigilantes across the state.

He emphasised that once the protection of the citizenry is the focus, the police will work seamlessly with all relevant stakeholders to eradicate every threat that may be confronting the people.

“The Commissioner of Police has directed that the case be transferred to the anti-kidnapping unit in Awkuzu. He has mandated the unit to deploy its expertise in tracking down gang members who escaped the onslaught at Awgbu and bring them to justice,” Ikenga added.

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