Security Operatives Rescue Kidnapped Priest, Two Others in Anambra, Arrest culprits

David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

Joint security operatives have rescued three persons from kidnappers’ den in Anambra State, including a priest of the Catholic Church.

A press statement by DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra State Police Command, Awka, showed that three of the suspects responsible for the kidnap were arrested, while the camp of the insurgents were destroyed.

Ikenga also said arms and ammunition were recovered from the camp, while about seven vehicles reportedly snatched from their owners in various places in Anambra, at gunpoint were recovered.

The press release by Ikenga stated in part: “Police-led Forward Operating Base (FOB) comprising military and paramilitary Services based in Aguata and supported by Police Rapid Response Squad Awkuzu yesterday, 6th October, 2023 in a well-coordinated operation, stormed insurgents’ camp at Ogbunka in Orumba South LGA.

“Three abducted persons including a Reverend Father were rescued unhurt, nine vehicles and three pump action guns were recovered, and three suspects arrested.

“Also recovered were stolen camouflage uniforms, Biafra flag, several handsets, flash drives and sim cards that will aid comprehensive investigation and prosecution.”

He said the raid on the camp of the insurgents was as a result of months of diligent and painstaking intelligence gathering and investigation, which led to the uncovering of the criminal hideout. 

He added that the gang has been responsible for the spate of kidnapping in Orumba North and South as well as parts of Aguata LGAs in recent times.

He said all the victims rescued were kidnapped within the month of October.

“Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, who ordered and coordinated the operation has praised all the service personnel and vigilante men involved in the operation for their professionalism which ensured no life was lost.

“Mr. Governor also commended the operatives and pledged to continue to support all services involved in Joint Security operations across the State.”

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