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The Enugu State Police Command, yesterday disclosed that its operatives have rescued 12 kidnap victims in Ekwegbe-Agu, Neke-Uno, and Okpatu communities in Enugu East, Igbo-Etiti, and Udi local government areas of the state.
In a statement by the spokesperson for the police Command, Daniel Ndukwe, two of the male victims were rescued on the Enugu-Opi-Nsukka highway, while 10 others were rescued in a forest at Okpatu, Udi Local Government Area of the state.
Consequently, the State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ammani, has ordered the immediate deployment of more intelligence and operational resources to further contain emerging incidents of kidnapping, especially, along Enugu-Opi-Nsukka Road.
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Meanwhile, the 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 Police spokesperson said, ‘Police operatives in Unity Division, on Sept. 21 at about 7:10 p.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.