By Ikeugonna Eleke
Operatives of the Anambra State Police Command have gunned down a suspected kidnapper, while also rescuing their victim.
The spokesperson of the Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who disclosed this in a press statement, said the incident happened on Saturday night, September 9.
He said, a kidnap victim, one Abuchi (Surname withheld) from Orumba South LGA of the State, was rescued with minor injury.
Part of Ikenga’s press statement read: ‘Police operatives, while on an anti-crime patrol in Obosi, at about 7.30pm on 9th September, 2023, were stopped by residents and informed about a kidnap incident.
‘The public spirited citizens pointed the police in the direction the kidnappers went after seizing their victim.
‘Police trailed the kidnappers to an uncompleted building surrounded by bush in Umuota Village, Obosi, where a gunfire exchange with the kidnappers ensued.
‘One of the hoodlums was shot and arrested while others escaped with bullet wounds.’
He said guns recovered from the gang include; one double barrel pistol, two live and one expended cartridge which the gang used for their operation.
He stated that the arrested suspect gave his name as Nwasu Ikenna from Obosi. He identified those that escaped as Ebuka, a.k.a Big; Chinedu Emmanuel and Chukwu Ojoto.
‘The hoodlum who identified Ebuka as the leader of the gang, gave up the ghost on the way to hospital for treatment.
‘The Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, who commended the team for its gallantry, has directed that the suspects at large be declared wanted and hunted down.
‘He assured the people of Obosi and Anambra State citizens and residents that the Police Command will not relent in its onslaught against crime until it is brought to the barest minimum,’ Ikenga disclosed.