Police in Anambra State said they have rescued fifteen corps members abducted in Ihiala Local Government Area of the state.
Spokesperson Tochukwu Ikenga said the corps members were heading to Lagos after their three weeks orientation course at NYSC Orientation Camp, Eziama-Obaire, Nkwerre, Imo State when they were abducted by yet to be identified gunmen.
He said the victims’ vehicle was intercepted at total junction Ihiala and diverted to Isseke, Ihiala-Orlu expressway where they were kept hostage by the hoodlums.
He explained that the corps members were abandoned by their abductors when they discovered they were being trailed by the police.
He said, “Anambra State Police Operatives, by 11:15 am today, 14/2/2023 responding to a distress call along Isseke, Ihiala road, rescued unhurt fifteen abducted Corps members from NYSC Orientation Camp Eziama-Obaire, Nkwerre, LGA, Imo State.
“Information reveals, that the Corps members, finished their three weeks of orientation programs today and were en route to Lagos before their vehicle was intercepted at total junction Ihiala, by yet unidentified armed men in unmarked white Toyota Hilux.
“Their vehicle was diverted to Isseke, Ihiala-Orlu expressway where the gunmen kept them hostage. The armed men noticed they are being followed by Police Operatives abandoned the Corpers and zoomed off with the Toyota Hiace bus with Reg Nos: EPE 353 YE conveying the Corpers.
“Meanwhile, the Corps members were debriefed by police operatives and necessary arrangements have been perfected to convey them back to their destinations.
“Further development shall be communicated.”