Police Rescue Lawmaker’s Wife From Kidnapper’s Den

The Ebonyi State Police Command yesterday rescued the wife of a member of the State House of Assembly representing Ishielu North constituency, Ikechukwu Ogbu, who was kidnapped by a six-man gang. The police stated that during the encounter with the kidnappers to secure the release of the victim,  Winifred Ogbu, one of the suspects identified as Onyeka, was shot dead while others escaped.According to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Sylvester Igbo, the victim was kidnapped at about 5.45p.m on Friday along Grace Court Hotel in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

Igbo disclosed that Mrs. Ogbu was whisked away in her Toyota Highlander Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) with Reg. No AA 209 AKL, by the gang members who rode on three motorcycles.

The PPRO stated that following a tip-off, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) team, led by its commander swung into action and traced the kidnappers to Emezabi in Ngbo Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.

“On arrival, members of the community were contacted and they assisted the operatives with useful information about the whereabouts of the victim. On sighting the operatives, who had closed in on them, the kidnappers engaged them in a shoot- out, during which one of the suspects known as Onyeka was shot dead while others fled.”

Igbo stated further that the victim was rescued unhurt, adding that no ransom was paid to the kidnappers as they were yet to establish contact with the family of the victim before she was rescued.

He said the body of the suspected gang member had been deposited at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki for autopsy, adding that efforts were being made toward tracking down other members of the gang.

He appealed to members of the public to always give police useful information that could lead to the arrest of criminals and assured them of the continued determination of the command to reduce crime to the minimum in the state.


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