Kidnapping: Herdsmen takeover Enugu highway, police rescue 12 victims

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The Enugu Police Command says it has rescued 12 kidnap victims various bushes in the state.

CP Ahmed Ammani

The Enugu police operatives also foiled a kidnap attempt.

This is even as suspected Fulani herdsmen have reportedly taken over the Ugwogo/Opi/Nsukka bypass making it a hell for road users.

There have been reports of renewed kidnap cases as well as attacks on motorists along the road.

Recent accounts by victims say that unlucky motorists are being attacked, kidnapped and taken into the bushes for ransom.

A statement issued by the Enugu Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Daniel Ndukwe said that he state Commissioner of Police Ahmed Ammani has ordered deployment of more intelligence/operational resources to further contain the rising kidnap incidents on the road.

The statement noted that police operatives of the Command serving in Unity Division, on 21/09/2022 at about 7.10pm, got a distress call, alleging that suspected kidnappers blocked the road between Ekwegbe-Agu and Neke-Uno communities respectively in Enugu East and Igbo-Etiti L.G.As, along Enugu/Opi/Nsukka Highway.

The team reportedly responded and foiled the unidentified hoodlums’ attempt to kidnap some road users after a gun duel.

They succeeded in rescuing two male victims, the criminal elements were at the verge of kidnapping, and also recovered their vehicles.

In another development, Police Operatives serving in 9th Mile Police Division of the Command, with the assistance of Neighborhood Watch Group, Forest Guard and law-abiding citizens, on 16/09/2022 at about 5.30pm rescued in a forest at Okpatu community in Udi L.G.A., four (4) victims alleged to have been kidnapped at Umulumgbe community in the same L.G.A., on 15/09/2022 at about 4pm.

“This is in addition to their rescuing, on 14/09/2022 at about 4.15pm, six (6) other victims in the same forest, alleged to have been kidnapped on 12/09/2022 at Awhum community in Udi L.G.A. All the victims had since re-united with their families.”

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Ammani, fdc has ordered the immediate deployment of more intelligence/operational resources to further contain emerging incidents of kidnapping/abduction in some parts of the State, particularly the recent cases along the Enugu/Opi/Nsukka road. This is to ensure the security and safety of innocent citizens, especially along major roads in the State.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner solicits the support of citizens through the prompt provision of credible information and/or intelligence at the nearest Police Station or by calling the Command’s emergency hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883 and 08086671202. Or alternatively send emails via: infoenugupolice@gmail.com or call the Police PRO on 08099854883 and rest assured the reports so provided will be treated with utmost confidentiality and dispatch.”

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