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A retired major general who’s name has been given as Richard Duru has been kidnapped by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State.
Duru was said to have been kidnapped after he was waylaid by the gunmen.
The Eastern Updates gathered from military sources that troops had been deployed to ensure his safe release.
One of them, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said other security agents involved in the operation were closing in on the abductors, promising that the retired general would be rescued.
“The incident is not new. He was abducted last week or thereabouts. His vehicle was also taken. He was waylaid by the criminals while on a journey.
“Efforts are being made to rescue him. They (security agents) are making progress and are closing in on the criminals, I can assure you; our troops, in collaboration with other security agencies, will ensure his safe return,” the source added.
However, according to a signal of the incident which was sighted by The Eastern Updates, troops tracked the retired military officer’s mobile number to Mbaitoli in Imo State before it was switched off.
It partly read, “His phone was tracked to Mbaitoli in Imo State before it was switched off.
“Efforts are ongoing to locate the kidnappers and rescue the retired general. All are requested to make efforts using all contacts (though discreetly) to hasten the return of the kidnapped general.”