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Some fresh reports reaching the desk of The Eastern Updates have revealed that some of the operatives of the Enugu State Police Command have opened a rescue operation where they freed 10 kidnap victims from a forest at Okpatu Community in the Udi Local Government Area of the State within two days.
Enugu police command’s Spokesperson, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, had announced this in a statement issued on Thursday.
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The first set of kidnap victims rescued from the forest had been kidnapped at Umulumgbe Community in the same Udi council area on Sept. 15 and they were rescued a day after they were abducted by police operatives serving at 9th Mile Police Division with assistance of a Neighborhood Watch Group.
Also, six other victims abducted from Awhum Community in Udi council area on September 12 were rescued on Sept. 14
The 10 victims rescued from the forest were among the 12 kidnap victims rescued by the police in Enugu within one-week.
The Police spokesperson said, “Police operatives in Unity Division, on Sept. 21 at about 7:10p.m., responded to a distress call that suspected kidnappers blocked the road between Ekwegbe-Agu and Neke-Uno communities in Enugu East and Igbo-Etiti council areas on the Enugu-Opi-Nsukka Highway.
“The police operatives foiled their attempt to kidnap some road users after a gun duel.
“Thereafter, they rescued two male victims, who were on the verge of being kidnapped, and recovered their vehicles,” Ndukwe stated.
He also stated that at about 5:30p.m. on Sept.16, operatives serving at 9th Mile Police Division with assistance from Neighborhood Watch Group and Forest Guard rescued four victims in a forest at Okpatu Community in Udi council area.
The statement explained that the four rescued victims were said to have been kidnapped at Umulumgbe Community in the same council area at about 4p.m. on Sept. 15.
“This is in addition to their rescuing six other victims in the same forest at about 4:15p.m., on Sept. 14,” the statement added.
It stated that the victims were reportedly kidnapped on Sept.12 at Awhum Community in Udi council area.