Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have rescued a mother and her three children kidnapped in Imo State last week Thursday.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Michael Abattam(CSP) revealed this in a press release.
Abattam said that sequel to a report of kidnapping last week Thursday at 6.00pm, by Mr Obinna Odika of Human Race Estate Naze in Owerri North LGA, that his wife and three children were abducted, the police command disseminated the report to all the formations and tactical units for prompt interception and arrest of the kidnappers.
The kidnapped victims according to the PPRO are ; Chinenye Odika ‘F’ age 27 years, Chika Mark ‘F’ age 9 years, Chisom Mark ‘F’ age 14 years and Princess Odika ‘ F’ age 6 monthsall of Human Race Estate Naze , Owerri North LGA.
Abattam said that on the same day at about 11.30 pm, luck ran against the kidnappers, when the Ngor Okpala police Division Patrol Team on receipt of the report intensified it’s patrols and in the process intercepted and arrested three members of the kidnapping gang.
The arrested suspects according to him were thirty eight year old Udochukwu Edmund of Umuezu Onitsha Ezinihitte in Mbaise LGA of Imo State, forty five year old Uba Edmund of same address and thirty three year old John Okoroafor of Amucha Isu Njaba LGA of Imo State.
Abattam said that the suspects were promptly handed them over to the Command’s Anti-kidnapping unit for diligent investigation.
“On interrogation the suspects confessed to the crime and led the Tactical teams to their hideout in a forest in Ngor Okpala LGA of Imo State. On sighting the police, they fired at them and the police retaliated. In the gun duel, one of the kidnappers was neutralised while two other were arrested with bullet injuries.
“On searching their hideout, one pump action gun, three locally made Pistols, fourteen rounds of live cartridges and three hundred and sixty-one thousand naira (#361,000.00) suspected to be part of the ransom money collected were recovered.
“Also recovered are one sea blue coloured Sienna vehicle with registration number IMO STATE, WER 969 ZE and a motorcycle with registration number KWE 310 QX used by the suspects in kidnapping the victims.” Abattam said.
The PPRO said that on further interrogation, the arrested suspects revealed where the kidnapped victims were kept and led the tactical teams of the command to Central Primary School, Mbutu Okeohia in Ngor Okpala LGA of Imo State, where the four kidnapped victims were rescued safe,unhurt and have been reunited with their families.
He said that the two injured suspects were taken to the federal Medical Centre Owerri, for medical treatment. While efforts are on to arrest the remnants of the syndicate for prosecution.
Meanwhile, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Hussaini Rabiu(CP) while commending the quick response of the command’s officers and men and the gallantry exhibited in the rescue of the kidnapped victims, advised the good people of imo State to always report incidents promptly to the police for timely intervention of the Command’s Quick Response Units.
He also called on Imolites to assist the Command with credible information and to report any suspicious activity observed within their environment to the nearest police station or call the command’s emergency numbers : 08034773600 or 08098880197 .