Police rescue kidnap victim in Ebonyi


The Ebonyi police command on Thursday, said it has rescued a kidnap victim, Mr Umoke Solomon, who was abducted on Jan. 30.

This is contained in a statement issued by DSP Loveth Odah, Spokesperson of the Command to journalists in Abakaliki.

Odah said the victim was abducted at Isophumini II Ezzagu, Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

According to the statement, "you will recall that on Jan. 30, at about 7pm, unknown gunmen attacked three  brothers Umoke Solomon, Peter and Chikieze together with one Otubo Sunday at Isophumini II Ezzagu in Ishielu LGA of Ebonyi State.

"The victims were driving in a Toyota Rav4 Jeep and a Toyota Camry Car respectively before the gunmen opened fire at them as a result the victims sustained gun shot injuries.

"In the processes, the gunmen abducted Umoke Solomon to unknown destination.

"On the Feb. 3, the kidnappers contacted the victim's family demanding a sum of N10million ransom.

"On the same Feb. 3, intelligence led investigation which facilitated the unconditional release of the victim led operatives of AK Unit to the kidnappers hideout at a forest near Iyioku River Ezzagu Forest in Ishielu.

"The Police Operatives engaged the kidnappers in gun duel, who opened fire on sighting the Police.

"The victim was rescued while the kidnappers escaped with gunshot injuries. The victim has been treated and reunited with the family," the statement explained.

Meanwhile,  the Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi, CP Aliyu Garba has vowed do to do anything within the armpit of the law to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.

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