Police arrest 15 kidnap, armed robbery suspects, rescue seven victims in Enugu

The police in Enugu State have rescued no fewer than seven kidnapped victims from some identified kidnappers den in in the state.

The police also arrested a total of 15 male suspects for various offenses, ranging from conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, rape, unlawful possession of firearms and fraudulent acts. 

The spokesman of the state police command, Daniel Ndukwe, who disclosed this while addressing a press conference in Enugu on Tuesday, added that the arrests led to the recovery of seven firearms, two motor vehicles, one motorcycle, one dagger, cash sum of N701,000.00 and other incriminating exhibits, in the separate operations.

He further disclosed that the operations were carried out with the active collaboration with local security outfits and other security forces and law-abiding citizens.

One of the kidnap suspects, one Ali Jubril aged 25, a native of Kogi State, was on Monday 26/06/2023 at about 2.am, after a raid operation in a hotel (name withheld) along Enugu/Port-Harcourt Expressway, while the total sum of N701,000.00, which he could not give satisfactorily account of, and one dagger, were recovered from him.

Similarly, the police on Sunday, 25/06/2023 at about 1pm, rescued four kidnapped victims (two males and two females, names withheld), after an intense gun fight with the kidnappers in a forest at Aishi-Ette in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area.

According to Ndukwe, the kidnappers, most of whom escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds, abandoned the victims due to the superior firepower of the Operatives. 

“However, one of the victims sustained a gunshot wound in his left thigh during the duel, but was moved to the hospital, is responding to treatment and in stable condition; while others and all the Operatives returned unscathed.

“The victims were reported to have been kidnapped at Umuopu village, along Ette/Ogugu Road, on 23/06/2023 at about 9.30 pm, on their way to Obollo-Afor, Enugu State from Ankpa, Kogi State, with the hoodlums said to have demanded ransom of N10,000,000.00 for each of them”.


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