The Imo State Police Command has smashed a notorious kidnapping syndicate that has been terrorising the state in recent times.
The command also rescued unhurt, a kidnapped victim, identified as Cornelia Oluebube, a native of Amokohia in Owerri North LGA of Imo State, from the kidnapers’ den.
The commissioner of Police Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro, disclosed this in a statement issued in Owerri by the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abatham.
He said that the victim was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Owerri and was taken to an unknown destination.
The CP said that the Command’s tactical teams swung into action immediately after they received the distress call over the incident.
The statement added that the team gathered technical intelligence, which led them to Delta State, where the suspects were arrested.
Those arrested include Terry’s Mez, 31 who hails from Aguleri in Anambra State, Willine Ebefal of Ogbokuno in Burutu LGA of Delta State, and a 20-year-old Obasanjo Kimakia of Tamime in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
According to the Police boss, on interrogation, the three suspects volunteered useful information that took the Imo Command’s Tactical teams to Delta State for the rescue of the kidnapped victim.
The CP said that after diligent gathering of intelligence and planning, the team stormed the hideout of the kidnappers’ den in Tebegbe Water Side in Delta State, and arrested another three suspects which include Augustine Irishaye, Jenifer Awolowo and a 17-year-old Eyemgblausi Chugbwugburefa, who hails from Tibegbe in Burutu LGA of Delta State.
Abutu Yaro said that while the Tactical teams were escorting the suspects out of their hideout, Terry Mez took to his heels and was shot on the leg to prevent him from escaping from lawful custody.
The Commissioner of Police disclosed that on arrival at the command, the escaping suspect was taken to the Nigeria Police Hospital Amakohia, Owerri Imo State while the victim was formally reunited with her parents.
The Commissioner commended the efforts and gallantry displayed by the command’s tactical teams in the rescue of the kidnap victim.
He reiterated the unwavering commitment of the Command to neutralise all criminal gangs in the state.
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