Enugu State police nipped what would have been ‘the mother of all kidnap case in Enugu’ on the bud when they intercepted a notorious gang of kidnappers conveying about 13 of their victims in a Toyota Hiace bus in the early hours of Saturday, 7th March.
Confirming this great achievement by the command to Journalist101, the PPRO Enugu Command, ASP Daniel Ndukwe Ekea said; “at about 0600hrs, following intelligence gathered, the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Police Command, CP Ahmad Abdurrahman, detailed a team of Police Operatives of the “Puff Adder” Operation of the Command, who traced a gang of kidnappers conveying 13 kidnap victims in a Toyota Hiase bus with Reg. No. MSA 657 XA.
“On sighting the Operatives along Enugu-Markurdi highway, the kidnappers diverted and disappeared into Akomagbo Ubgaike Community in Igbo-Eze North LGA of Enugu State.
“At about 1300hrs, the resilient Operatives further traced them to their hideout in the house of one Chidi Ogbonna (also known as “Egbe”) in the said Akomagbo Ubgaike Community in Igbo-Eze North LGA of Enugu State, where they were holding the victims hostage.
“On sighting the Operatives, the Kidnappers took to their heels, while the Team succeeded in arresting a female member of the gang, one Onyeke Gloria Mnwanezi, rescued the 13 victims and recovered one locally made pistol with 2 live cartridges, one metal toy pistol, 1 Toyota Hiase Bus with Reg No. MSA 657 XA and 2 two Motorcycles.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad Abdurrahman, has further ordered a swift manhunt of the fleeing members of the kidnap gang in order to arrest and prosecute them immediately” he said.
He also called on the “good and law-abiding citizens of Enugu State, especially community leaders, to expose and avoid harbouring criminal elements, who perpetrate acts of crimes and criminality within their domains, as the Command will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone found encouraging or perpetrating crimes and criminality of any kind in the State.”