On the outskirts of Enugu city, the Enugu State Police Command neutralized two suspected kidnappers and freed a male abduction victim (name withheld).
The Command uncovered one locally created revolver gun with four ammunition and another locally fabricated handgun belonging to the criminal elements, as well as the victim’s black Lexus 350 Jeep.
This information was released on Tuesday in Enugu by the Command’s Spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe.
Ndukwe claimed that on August 20 at around 8:00 pm, police operatives at Centenary Layout, along the Enugu-Port-Harcourt Expressway, conducted a successful operation under the direction of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Mr Olasoji Akinbayo.
The police officers, he added, came from the NPF Special Forces, the Awkunanaw Police Division, and the command’s tactical squads.
A joint team of police operatives rescued a male kidnap victim following a gun struggle with the hoodlums, thanks to the reinvigorated crime combating drive of the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Kanayo Uzuegbu.
In the ensuing gunfight, one of the criminals known only as “Baron” was killed while the others escaped with various degrees of injury.
A second member of the gang who had been neutralized was found and his body recovered during the course of the ongoing manhunt for the remaining members of the group.
“The second neutralized hoodlum was simply identified as Chukwunonso, a.k.a. ‘Nolly’ in the morning hours of August 21 in a forest at the location of the gun duel,” he claimed.
The two criminals who were neutralized, according to Ndukwe, were previously on the command’s watch list.
He claims that the quick response to a distress call about the kidnapping of the victim along Agbani Road, Enugu, at night was the key to the operation’s success.
The police spokesman was pleased with the agents’ responsiveness to his innovative methods of combating crime.
He explained that the commissioner had already instructed police officers and other command staff to keep up the pace.
Under Uzuegbu’s watch as Commissioner of Police, “no breathing space will be afforded to unrepentant criminals in the State,” he continued.