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The Police Command in Enugu State has confirmed a gun duel with armed men suspected to be kidnappers in a forest at Agbogazi-Nike in Enugu East Local Government Area of the state.
A statement issued on Wednesday by the Enugu Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said the operation followed credible information about the activities of the assailants in the area.
The PPRO noted that the hoodlums, upon sighting the operatives of the command, opened fire on them, leading to a gun duel in the forest.
According to him, the ‘gallant and tactful operatives returned fire,’ neutralising one of the kidnappers, forcing others to escape with fatal gunshot wounds.
The PPRO said one AK-47 rifle loaded with nineteen rounds of live ammunition was recovered from the assailants, while further manhunt operations to fish out the fleeing suspects are ongoing.
The statement added that police operatives, working with other security personnel, similarly rescued travelers alleged to have been kidnapped along Ette Road in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area, en route Abuja last week.
In a related development, the Police Command in Anambra State has disclosed that it has rescued no fewer than four children of the same family kidnapped by suspected herdsmen.
This was disclosed in a press statement issued on Saturday by the command’s spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga which was sent to The Eastern Updates.
Ikenga wrote, ‘On December 15, 2023, at about 2300, the police at Abagana received information via the police hotline that suspected herdsmen had abducted four children from a family at Achalla Village, Enugwu Agidi in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State.
‘The caller, who is the mother of the children, disclosed that the family was watching television at about 2200 hrs (10 pm.) when the light suddenly went out.
‘The man of the house went out to find out what was amiss and the wife followed him. They observed three gunmen suspected to be herdsmen and fled for their dear lives.
‘By the time they summoned the courage to return to the house, they discovered that their four children who were already asleep had been abducted by the gunmen.’
He added that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, on receiving the report, immediately ordered the mobilisation of police personnel and vigilantes to go after the kidnappers to rescue the children.