The Imo State Police Command on Friday confirmed the release of the state correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, Miss Chidi Opara, who was abducted at her Urata, Owerri residence.
Briefing newsmen on the incident yesterday, the state Commissioner of Police, Austin Evbakavbokun, disclosed that no ransom was paid for her release, adding that the police is still intensifying effort to recover her Toyota Lexus SUV in which she was kidnapped and also arrest her abductors.
“Yesterday, we were alerted about the kidnap of the state correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, because of the pressure from my men, she was released but we would not relent till we recover her vehicle and arrest the kidnappers,” Evbakvbokun said.
Meanwhile, Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the Imo State Police Command have arrested members of a child kidnapping syndicate in the state.
The suspects, Kelechi Nwogu (22) and Ebuka Ibe (23) grabbed the victim, when they were returning from school at Amazu Amato, in the Orsu Council area.
“The two victims were being conveyed by the suspects to a prospective buyer before operatives pursued and arrested them”, When a search was conducted in the house of one of the suspects (Ibe), one locally made pistol, with one round of 99mm live ammunition, one locally made short gun with cartridge, one locally made single barrel gum and two big iron cutters were recovered there.
Also following the report of the kidnap of one Mr. Martins Ndukwu of Umuokanne Mgbirichi Road, in the Ohaji/Egbema Council Area Evabakhavbokum, said that operatives of the anti-kidnapping unit of his Command arrested one Barnabas Chidiebere (34) Chinwendu Okaru (29) Chibundu Amadi (32) and Kenneth Ordu (29), all of Ohaji/Egbema LGA, stating that the suspects were arrested in connection with the kidnap of the victim who had been rescued unhurt.
He appealed to members of the public to always cooperate with the police in its efforts to rid the state of all undesirable elements.