Twelve victims abducted by hoodlums have been rescued by men of the Enugu state police command.
A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, says the operatives serving in Unity Division, on September 21 at about 7.10pm, responded to a distress call alleging that suspected kidnappers blocked the road between Ekwegbe-Agu and Neke-Uno communities respectively in Enugu East and Igbo-Etiti L.G.As, along Enugu/Opi/Nsukka Highway.
Ndukwe said the operatives foiled the unidentified hoodlums' attempt to kidnap some road users after a gun duel and thereafter, rescued two (2) male victims the criminal elements were on the verge of kidnapping, and also recovered their vehicles.
''Similarly, Police Operatives serving in 9th Mile Police Division of the Command, with assistance from Neighborhood Watch Group, Forest Guard and law-abiding citizens, on 16/09/2022 at about 5.30pm rescued in a forest at Okpatu community in Udi L.G.A., four (4) victims alleged to have been kidnapped at Umulumgbe community in the same L.G.A., on 15/09/2022 at about 4pm.
This is in addition to their rescuing, on 14/09/2022 at about 4.15pm, six (6) other victims in the same forest, alleged to have been kidnapped on 12/09/2022 at Awhum community in Udi L.G.A. All the victims had since re-united with their families'' Ndukwe said
The police spokesperson added that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Ammani, has ordered the immediate deployment of more intelligence/operational resources to further contain emerging incidents of kidnapping/abduction in some parts of the State, particularly the recent cases along the Enugu/Opi/Nsukka road. This is to ensure the security and safety of innocent citizens, especially along major roads in the State.
''Commissioner solicits the support of citizens through the prompt provision of credible information and/or intelligence at the nearest Police Station or by calling the Command's emergency hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883 and 08086671202. Or alternatively send emails via: [email protected] or call the Police PRO on 08099854883 and rest assured the reports so provided will be treated with utmost confidentiality and dispatch.''the statement in part reads