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Police rescue kidnap victim in Ebonyi

The Police Command in Ebonyi on Thursday said it rescued a kidnap victim, Mr Umoke Solomon, who was abducted on Jan. 30, in the state.

This is contained in a statement issued by DSP Loveth Odah, spokesperson of the command in Abakaliki.

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

“You will recall that on Jan. 30, at about 7pm, some gunmen attacked three brothers Umoke Solomon, Peter and Chikieze together with one Otubo Sunday at Isophumini II Ezzagu in Ishielu LGA of Ebonyi.

“The victims were driving in a Toyota Rav4 Jeep and a Toyota Camry Car respectively before the gunmen opened fire on them, as a result the victims sustained gunshot injuries.

“In the processes, the gunmen abducted Umoke Solomon and took him to an unknown destination.

“On the Feb. 3, the kidnappers contacted the victim’s family demanding a sum of N10 million 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 a 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 his family,”  Odah said.

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 were brought to book.

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