In a daring display of law enforcement, the Anambra State Police Command apprehended two suspected kidnappers and rescued a victim in Onitsha.
According to the spokesperson of the command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, the suspects were nabbed following a tense gun duel between the kidnappers and the crack team of officers attached to the Area Command Headquarters.
It was a nail-biting operation that resulted in the successful rescue of the victim and the apprehension of the kidnappers.
The statement reads
“Police Operatives attached to Area Command Headquarters, Onitsha while on township patrol on 30th August 2023 received a distress call at about 9.30 P.M. of a kidnap incident around Borromeo Roundabout,” the statement read.
"The Operatives responded to the distress call and caught up with a shuttle bus in which the kidnapped victim was held. The highly trained operatives professionally engaged the kidnappers in a shootout without harming the hostage who was rescued unhurt during a gun duel.
"Two suspects were arrested at the scene while others managed to escape with gunshot wounds. The Police team recovered one Barreta pistol, nine rounds of 9MM live ammunition, and a shuttle bus without number plates which the criminals used for the kidnap operation
"The Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, while commending Police Operatives for the remarkable feat, charged them to intensify efforts aimed at apprehending the fleeing gang members
“He also calls on hospitals in the area to report anyone presenting gunshot injuries while treatment is ongoing to save lives.”